On Tuesday, Delhi Court has sought response of City Police on an application by CM Arvind Kejriwal seeking a copy of a video and his statement recorded by the probe agency on May 18 in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February.
Addl. CMM Samar Vishal issued a notice to Delhi Police and directed Investigation Officer (IO) and DCP to file a response to Kejriwal’s plea by May 29. It also directed the IO to be present before the court.
CM Kejriwal throught his Advocate submitted that after the proceedings on the day, the police made a statement before the media that Kejriwal had evaded certain questions by not giving proper answers, which was “fully incorrect”.
Application stated that,”The conduct of the police before the media gives an indication that the police can go to any extent to frame him or any other member of the AAP by tempering with the said statement/CD”, adding that he was entitled to get a copy of the statement and the CD.
Delhi Police had on May 18 questioned Kejriwal for over three hours in connection with the alleged assault on Prakash.
Police sources had said some questions put to Kejriwal included the decision to convene the late night meeting with Prakash, the sequence of events that led to the assault and the trigger for the incident.
During investigation, the police had found that the assault was pre-planned and Kejriwal’s private secretary Bibhav Kumar had directed a party volunteer to call the MLAs.
Prakash was allegedly assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal’s official residence on February 19. The police said the chief minister was present when the alleged assault took place.
Kejriwal had agreed to join the probe on Monday following a notice by the Delhi Police on May 16.
Police have already questioned 11 AAP MLAs present at the chief minister’s residence for the meeting. Two of the party MLAs Amantullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal were arrested in the case.
Alleged assault on Chief Secretary has triggered a bitter tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucrats.