Delhi Court Discharges Kejriwal and Six Others In 2012 Rioting Case

The prosecution claimed Kejriwal and others held a demonstration against the coal scam in 2012 near then PM Manmohan Singh's house, which turned violent.

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday discharged chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and six others in a case of alleged rioting near the house of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2012.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal passed the order.

According to the prosecution, on August 26, 2012, Kejriwal and others had held a demonstration against the coal scam near Singh’s house and in order to stop them, water cannons were used, following which the volunteers became violent.

Thereafter, police had fired several rounds of tear gas to drive them off. A few then attacked the police with flag sticks. The barricade was damaged along with certain plants, the police said.

The Delhi police had booked them for the alleged offences under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code.

Kejriwal and other accused persons were represented by advocate Mohd Irshad in the court.

Besides Kejriwal, the court also discharged Ghan Shyam, Mahesh, Deepak Chhabra, Ranjit Bisht, Amit Kumar Singh and Gautam Kumar Singh.

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