New Delhi, Aug 14: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former private secretary Bibhav Kumar and advisor VK Jain have helped the Delhi Police in building up a case against him and several other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders in the alleged assault of state chief secretary Anshu Prakash on February 19 this year. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in India Cross 1.9 Lakh-mark; Delhi Seals Border With UP, Haryana For 1 Week | Key Developments
The police have found various loopholes while investigating the case, one of which includes the hard disk of the CCTV cameras which had been installed at Kejriwal’s place on the night of the assault. The police revealed that the CCTV cameras were running 40 minutes behind the actual timings. The same was confirmed by Bibhav Kumar when the police questioned him. The police further added that whether the action was deliberate or not, was being investigated. Also Read - 'No One Will Fight For Democracy in Future': Twitter Revolts as JNU Student Natasha Narwal Charged Under UAPA After Anti-CAA Protest
A senior police official also said that the PWD engineer responsible for the maintenance of the CCTV system said that they had received no alert for the snag in the cameras or any complaint for the error to be rectified. Also Read - 4 Steps Ahead of COVID-19, Can't be in Permanent Shutdown, Says Kejriwal Ahead of Possible Lockdown Extension
Apart from Kumar, former advisor to the CM VK Jain also testified in the assault case and told the court during interrogation, that AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan surrounded Anshu Prakash and saw them assaulting him at Kejriwal’s residence.
Following the testimony, police had questioned at least 11 MLAs which included Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal, Nitin Tyagi, Rituraj Govind, Sanjeev Jha, Ajay Dutt, Rajesh Rishi, Rajesh Gupta, Madan Lal, Parveen Kumar and Dinesh Mohania – who were present at the chief minister’s residence for the meeting on February 19 in which Prakash was allegedly attacked.
For the unversed, the assault case will be taken up on August 25 for consideration. The alleged assault on the Chief Secretary had triggered a bitter tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucrats.