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Delhi HC gives police 2 weeks to file situation report on ‘vandalism’ at CM Kejriwal’s residence

Two days after nearly 200 protesters, believed to be from the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BYJM), the youth wing of the BJP, broke through police barricades outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and “vandalized” the main door, The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered the police to file a progress report within two weeks on their investigation so far.

The Divisional Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla said it was clear that fear had been sought and Delhi Police should explain what they had about the incident.

“What appears… We have also seen the videos. What emerges from the videos is that it is an unruly mob. They’re defacing the main entrance door. Public property is also destroyed. Some people climbed the door. They didn’t succeed or it seems that wasn’t their intention either. Some of them took the law into their own hands. And there’s definitely an element of fear that we tried to create, that’s obvious. We also find that the police force was probably inadequate. At least those who were there, they were trying to prevent it. They were probably outnumbered. You will need to explain what type of warning you received and what type of threat there was about this type of incident,” the court said.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, representing the Police, argued that an FIR is registered and Delhi Police have already taken action to address the petitioner’s concerns. The court was told that eight people had been arrested and that the Delhi police were arranging a meeting with the CM secretariat to understand Kejriwal’s perception of the threat.

Jain added that he would submit a situation report under seal and that all evidence, including CCTV footage of the incident, would be kept.

The court was hearing a petition by Saurabh Bhardwaj, MP for the Aam Aadmi party, asking for the establishment of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for an independent investigation into the attack. Bhardwaj said a retired High Court judge should lead the SIT.

Bhardwaj, in the petition, also called for an investigation into the role of the police officers in charge of maintaining the security cordon outside the CM’s residence. In addition to asking for direction for proper security outside Kejriwal’s residence, the petition also prays for compliance with a previous court order to secure the road outside his residence.

Arguing that the violence was directed against Kejriwal and his family, Bhardwaj argued that it was aimed at subjugating the nation’s capital’s top elected official through the use of force and, therefore, also Delhi’s elected government. “It was a direct attack on democracy,” reads the petition.

Accusing the Delhi police of having completely abdicated their duty, Bhardwaj alleged that it appears that the police “were hand in hand with the goons…of the ruling party in the central government” who control the strength. He alleged that the police also took no action when the deputy chief minister’s house had been attacked in the past.

“It is due to such inaction and complicity of the police that the BJP goons have been emboldened to carry out repeated attacks on the elected officials of the Delhi NCT government,” Bhardwaj said in his plea.

Doubting that the Delhi Police will carry out a fair investigation into the case, Bhardwaj argued that when attacks on elected officials in Delhi become a routine affair, if accountability is not fixed, people will lose faith in the state. by right.