Who decides what is anti-national, asks Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal said if Supreme Court's order is not followed barely 200 meters from where it sits, then there will be no such thing called Constitution. Then it will be the Centre and the Prime Minister's dictatorship.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 2:49 am
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia met President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday. (Express Photo Anil Sharma) Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia met President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday. (Express Photo Anil Sharma)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while interacting with mediapersons Thursday, asked if there was a “new law” that allowed killing people for raising anti-national slogans.

“A BJP MLA and certain anti-social elements attacked students, journalists and innocent people. It was caught on camera. They were asked why they attacked the others, the answer was they were shouting anti-India slogans. They were raising anti-India slogans, so kill them? The police will ask ‘why did you kill’ and the answer will be because the victims were shouting anti-national slogans? Then they will say ‘alright, you are forgiven’. Is this a new law,” said the chief minister.

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He added, “Why is (BJP MLA) O P Sharma walking free? The goons who assaulted journalists are walking free. Who decides what is anti-national? Then let’s shut down the Supreme Court and the High Court”.

Kejriwal made the comments after he and his cabinet colleagues met President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan “to apprise him of the deteriorating law and order situation in Delhi.”

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The chief minister claimed that the President was “also worried about what is going on.”

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Targeting the Centre, Kejriwal accused it of defying the Supreme Court by taking no action against those who had attacked students and journalists in the Patiala House Courts complex Wednesday.

“The Supreme Court had said not to harm (JNUSU president) Kanhaiya Kumar; the court said the incident… should not be repeated. But the police remained a mute spectator. Why?… They do as their masters say. So, their masters in the Centre said stay quiet, don’t do anything. This means the Centre is telling the Supreme Court that it will not follow its orders. They have openly challenged the Supreme Court… ,” said Kejriwal.

Sounding a note of caution, the chief minister said, “If the orders of the Supreme Court are not implemented within 200 metres from the court, there will be no Constitution left. Then there is only the dictatorship of the Centre and the Prime Minister. There is no judiciary after that. This is something very serious and dangerous.”

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Taking a jibe at the Delhi Police and the Centre, Kejriwal said, “It is unfortunate that the Centre has still not been able to nab those who raised anti-national slogans… here can only be two reasons why the Centre has not arrested them after so many days. Either the Centre does not want to arrest them so that the issue continues to simmer and the country remains on the boil or, despite controlling the 80,000-strong Delhi Police, so many paramilitary forces, the IB, the RAW and every other agency, the Centre has failed to find four or five people who raised anti-national slogans.”

“They can’t even arrest students, how will they arrest the terrorists involved in the Pathankot attack? This means they are completely incompetent,” added the chief minister.

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New Delhi: Delhi government Thursday filed a case before a court seeking examination of a complaint filed against Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi in connection with an allegedly wrongful acquisition of a flat in Rohini. The case is listed for hearing before Metropolitan Magistrate Kadambari Awasthi on March 19 for examination of evidence.

Bassi has denied the allegations and said the property is legitimate and lawfully acquired.