Two AAP MLAs arrested over alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secretary


New Delhi: Two AAP MLAs have been arrested here in connection with the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, police said today.

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested today after he appeared at Jamia Nagar police station.

Deoli MLA Prakash Jarwal, who was detained last night, was also arrested, a police official said.

In his complaint, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash had alleged that he was sitting on a sofa flanked by Amantullah and another AAP MLA during the Monday night meeting, and without provocation, the two legislators “started hitting and assaulting” him “with blows on head and temple”.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has denied the allegations.

Khan, MLA from Okhla, was accompanied by a large group of supporters as he arrived at the police station at noon.

He was later handed over to the Civil Lines police.

“Khan has been arrested and he will be produced in Tis Hazari court,” said Additional DCP(north) Harendra Kumar Singh.

Jarwal will also be produced in the same court.

A case has been registered at Civil Lines police station on the complaint filed by the chief secretary.

Khan alleged that the chief secretary was acting at the behest of the BJP and “the incident is a pretext to dismiss the AAP government”.

The Delhi Police is working under pressure of the home minister, he alleged.

Prakash claims to have been assaulted on Monday night at Kejriwal’s residence during an official meeting.

The officer claimed he was questioned about the AAP government’s media publicity during the meeting, while the AAP functionaries say he was called to discuss complaints on ration distribution.

The chief secretary in his complaint alleged that the assault was “premeditated” and a “conspiracy” of all those present.

Police have filed the FIR including the charge of criminal conspiracy in it.

The Chief Minister’s advisor was present at the time of the assault, according to Prakash’s police complaint.

The allegation of the assault has triggered a political storm in the national capital. While the the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded Kejriwal’s resignation, the Congress has asked for the AAP chief’s apology.

The AAP hit back by stating that the Chief Secretary was making false allegations and said he was working at the “behest of the BJP”.

The Home Ministry has sought a report from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on the issue and Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was “deeply pained” by the development.

The body representing bureaucrats had registered a strong protest against the alleged assault. They had worn black badges in protest on Tuesday.

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