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SC agrees to hear PIL against Kejriwal’s dharna

New Delhi, Jan 21 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a public interest litigation seeking action against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Law Minister Somnath Bharti for resorting to ”agitation and street fight” for removal of some police officials.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam posted the hearing on Friday. The PIL, filed by an advocate, seeks the arrest of Kejriwal and Bharti.

The petitioner has alleged that they are agitating in violation of law as they are holding constitutional posts and they cannot agitate on the streets against other constitutional authorities.

The petition was mentioned before the Chief Justice of India's bench for an urgent hearing.

Advocate M L Sharma, in his petition, has alleged that the Chief Minister is “trying to protect his minister Bharti from investigation/prosecution” in connection with an FIR filed by four foreign women alleging they were harassed by a group of persons who barged into their house at midnight on January 15-16 and assaulted them.

The FIR has been lodged on the direction of a Delhi court which passed the order on the plea of the four women- two Nigerian and two Ugandan nationals.

Kejriwal and his ministerial colleagues are sitting on a dharna outside Rail Bhawan since Monday demanding action against the police officials who refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution ring in South Delhi.