Court to pass order in rioting case on March 30

 A Delhi court on Tuesday fixed March 30 for pronouncing its order on whether to direct police to conduct further probe in three cases in which Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party members were chargesheeted for allegedly rioting and unlawful assembly.

Metropolitan magistrate Jay Thareja, who was scheduled to pass the order on Tuesday, posted the matter for March 30. The court had on March 18 reserved its order for Tuesday after hearing the arguments in which Delhi Police had said they had fulfilled all requirements for imposing section 144 of CrPC during the protests by AAP members in front of the Prime Minister’s residence on August 26 last year.

During the hearing, advocate Prashant Bhushan had argued that imposition of section 144 was “designed to harass them”.

During the arguments, police had faced a tough time with the court asking it to explain why section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in the New Delhi area.

Police had told the court that section 144 was imposed in some parts of the New Delhi district but the prohibitory orders were based on security inputs. All the 26 accused were earlier released by the court.

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