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Police asked the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Civil Lines, B K Jha, Thursday to withdraw a notification banning demonstrations outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Flag Staff Road.
In a letter to Jha, DCP (north) Madhur Verma said the power to impose prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC was with the police chief. The notification issued by Jha on August 2 had imposed a ban on holding public meetings, protests, shouting of slogans near the CM’s residence for next 30 days in view of “serious law and order problems”.
Verma informed Jha that prohibiting public meetings and demonstration at Flag Staff Road was in “violation of Ministry of Home Affairs, dated July 1, 1978, according to which powers and duties of Executive Magistrate and District Magistrate under section 144 CrPC within Delhi are given to Commissioner of Delhi Police.”
Verma said, “A letter has been written to SDM, Civil Lines, to withdraw the notification as it amounts to unnecessary interference in the working of Delhi Police.”