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14 Opposition parties approach Supreme Court alleging misuse of agencies

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Fourteen opposition parties have approached the Supreme Court, alleging the misuse of central investigating agencies by the Union government.

The CJI said that the top will hear the case on April 5.

The parties said agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have been targeting only opponents of the BJP.

“14 political parties, representing 42% spectrum- they’re saying that democracy is in peril. We’re not trying to affect the existing investigations,” Congress leader and Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi said.

“95% of cases are of opposition leaders. We’re asking for pre arrest guidelines and post arrest guidelines,” Singhvi added.

The parties which have filed the case in the Supreme Court include the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Janata Dal-United, Bharat Rashtra Samithi, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray faction), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, National Conference, Nationalist Congress Party, CPI(M), CPI, and DMK.

Earlier, nine opposition leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging “misuse of central agencies” amidst the war of words over the arrest of former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in the excise policy case.

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