CS assault: Police denied AAP MLAs' custody, sent to jail


The Delhi Police on Wednesday got a jolt after a city court rejected its plea for custodial interrogation of AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, arrested in connection with the "highly sensitive" case of alleged assault on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash.

Based on the FIR registered against MLA Amanatullah Khan and other unnamed legislators, the police have arrested two MLAs, Khan and Prakash Jarwal.

As chief secretary Anshu Prakash alleged on Monday that he was manhandled by AAP MLAs, multiple players quickly jumped into the fray. "He said that "you are not fit to be MLA, I will only reply to the L-G".

The IAS Officers Association of Karnataka termed the assault a "criminal, cowardly and uncivilised act" and one that is "tantamount to attack on the executive branch of the government". He said the police required time to go through the CCTV footage of the place where the meeting was going on and a minimum of 10 hours was required for that.

The chief secretary stayed at the secretarial till around 3 pm, and then he had left for a scheduled meeting on the ease-of-doing business at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

During the proceedings, the police moved the fresh plea seeking police custody of the accused persons saying they were required to be interrogated to find out why the Chief Secretary was called at the midnight to CMâs residence.

Wahi urged the court for intervention, saying the alleged assault was premeditated and a "conspiracy" of all present (at the residence of Kejriwal on the night of the alleged incident) with the motive to deter the bureaucrat from discharging his lawful duty.

Having given away awards for the Best Police Stations, Rajnath Singh said the grading of Police Stations, as recommended during the Annual DGPs Conference, will result in healthy competition.

The allegations have sparked an unprecedented confrontation between Delhi's ruling party and bureaucrats, who have declared that they will not attend any meeting unless Kejriwal apologises and confined themselves to written communication. It also said the assault appeared to be "pre-mediated" in order to bully, by use of force, the highest authority in the official executive to surrender to the irregular demands of the political executive.

The alleged assault occurred during a meeting at Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence.

Yesterday, Hussain met Lt Governor Anil Baijal, after which sources told IANS that Baijal said he would talk to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik about the issue.

Haryana IAS officers association collectively made a decision to wear black badges on Wednesday as a mark of protest against the assault.

Prakash, on the other hand, claimed that he was questioned about the AAP government's media publicity during the meeting, while the AAP functionaries said he was called to discuss complaints on ration distribution.