Delhi High Court Responds to Plea Against Protests in Court Premises Over Arvind Kejriwal’s Arrest

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A letter petition has been lodged in the Delhi High Court, contesting the protest organized by the Aam Aadmi Party’s legal cell following the arrest of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case.

Advocate Vaibhav Singh, representing the petitioner, brought the matter before a division bench led by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan. The court assured that the issue would be addressed promptly.

Singh underscored the significance of refraining from political protests within court premises, stressing the need to uphold the sanctity of judicial proceedings. Acting Chief Justice assured that necessary action would be taken if deemed necessary.

The court cautioned against the grave repercussions of staging protests within court premises and vowed to enforce the guidelines set forth by the Supreme Court on such matters.

Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest on March 21 prompted a legal tussle, with the trial court remanding him to ED custody until March 28.

The letter petition highlights the emerging trend of political parties mobilizing their legal cells to orchestrate protests, strikes, and boycotts, often exerting pressure on law enforcement agencies and the judiciary.

Citing specific tweets advocating for protests in Delhi courts, the petition condemns the politicization of court premises as a violation of professional ethics and the directives of the Bar Council of India and the Supreme Court.

The petition seeks an immediate stay on the protest call, urging the Bar Council of India and Bar Council of Delhi to investigate allegations of professional misconduct thoroughly. Additionally, it calls for disciplinary proceedings against lawyers or political workers participating in illegal protests within court premises.

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Furthermore, the petition demands appropriate penalties for the Aam Aadmi Party’s legal cell for orchestrating unlawful protests within Delhi’s court premises.

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