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SC plea against Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan. 21: The Supreme Court will on Friday hear two PILs seeking the prosecution of Arvind Kejriwal for triggering chaos and his law minister Somnath Bharti for harassing African-origin women.

While one of the PILs seeks prosecution of Kejriwal and Bharti, apart from declaring their actions “unconstitutional”, the other has said the chief minister’s sit-in had put citizens through untold suffering.

The PILs were filed by advocates Manohar Lal Sharma and N. Rajaraman. They also cited last week’s mob raids, allegedly at Bharti’s behest, on the houses of the African-origin women on suspicions of a drug-and-prostitution racket.

“What is the urgency for hearing the matter?” Chief Justice P. Sathasivam asked Sharma today, before Kejriwal ended his protest. Sharma cited the traffic chaos, after which the court said both pleas would be heard together.

Sharma’s plea raised several questions, including whether a chief minister/ministers can play the dual role of holding constitutional office and being a street agitator and whether ministers can function like cops.