Misuse of agencies: SC to hear plea by 14 Oppn parties

One-liner: The SC on Friday agreed to list for hearing on April 5 a plea by 14 opposition parties, led by the Congress, alleging arbitrary use of central probe agencies against political opponents.

Hearing on April 5: A bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud took note of the submissions of senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for the opposition parties such as the DMK, RJD, Bharat Rashtra Samiti and the Trinamool Congress, and said the plea would be taken up for hearing on April 5.

What the parties want: The parties are seeking pre-and post-arrest guidelines to be followed by the central probe agencies such as the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

Guidelines sought: "Ninety five per cent of cases are against opposition leaders. We are asking for pre-arrest guidelines and post-arrest guidelines," Singhvi said.