Protest by AAP: Delhi Police asked to further investigate
Arvind Kejriwal and other members of the Aam Aadmi Party were booked for alleged rioting and unlawful assembly during their protests last year.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday asked the city police to 'further investigate' the three cases lodged against Arvind Kejriwal and other members of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for alleged rioting and unlawful assembly during their protests last year on the coal block allocation issue. Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja asked the police to submit the video footage of the incident and place relevant documents on whose basis section 144 of the CrPC was imposed within two month after the accused had filed a plea for discharge saying imposition of prohibitory order was illegal and abuse of process by police.
"You will further investigate. Try to submit the video footage and also take third party video footage, if any, from the media," the magistrate said. The court directed the police to collect and place before it the documents on the basis of which the Assistant Commissioner of Police had imposed prohibitory orders.
It gave a direction to police to complete further investigation within two months and listed the matter for hearing on June 26. The issue whether imposition of section 144 of the CrPC was legal had cropped up after the accused had filed an application for discharge saying it was illegal, "clear abuse of process by police" and it was "designed to harass them".
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, AAP member and an accused in the case, Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and 23 other accused had sought discharge in the case relating to charges of rioting, unlawful assembly, use of force to obstruct public servants from discharging their duty and damaging public property filed against them after protests on August 26, 2012.