plea against summons of Delhi Assembly on riots today
The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict today on a petition filed by Facebook India Vice President Ajit Mohan and others against the summons sent by the Delhi Assembly’s Peace and Harmony Committee. The committee had issued summons to these people for not appearing before them as witnesses in the cases of riots in North-East Delhi. These summons were issued on September 10 and 18 last year.
A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Hrishikesh Roy had reserved its verdict on February 24. In his arguments in the apex court, Mohan’s counsel had said that the right to remain silent in today’s noisy times is a virtue and the Assembly has no legislative power to constitute a committee to look into the matter of peace and harmony. is.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Facebook official, had submitted that setting up of a peace committee is not a major task of the Delhi Assembly as law and order issue is under the jurisdiction of the Center in the national capital.
At the same time, senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for the committee, had said that the assembly has the power to issue summons. In early December last year, the committee had moved the apex court for its intervention on a petition filed by Mohan and others. The top court had said that its September 23 order would continue till further orders asking the committee not to take any coercive action against Mohan.