New Delhi, February 26: Delhi Police will now trace the mobile phone locations of nine Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs who were allegedly present when Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by two other party legislators at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on February 19. Also Read - Containment Zones in Delhi Rise to 445, Former North Delhi Mayor Test Positive, Capital to Get Corona War Room
The CCTV camera footage of Kejriwal’s residence would also be examined as to ascertain the presence of all the MLAs and find out what happened on February 19. Police would wait for forensic experts to establish if the footage was tampered with or not, the Hindustan Times reported. Also Read - Increased Testing, Early Hospitalisation Can Curb COVID-19 in Delhi-NCR: Home Minister Shah
On Saturday, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the tussle between AAP government and its bureaucracy in wake of the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary, an official said. (Also read: Saw AAP MLAs ‘Assaulting’ Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police) Also Read - Reviving Economy: Delhi Govt Forms Panel to Explore Economic Measures to Help Businesses
AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan were denied bail in the alleged assault case with the court observing that the circumstances prima facie point to a “premeditated criminal conspiracy”.
Anshu Prakash’s complaint
He alleged that as the meeting started, one of AAP MLAs slammed the door shut, and he was made to sit between MLA Amanatullah Khan and another MLA on a three-seater sofa. “The Chief Minister directed me to answer the MLAs and explain the reasons for the delay in the release of the TV campaign. I explained to them that officers were bound by guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court,” he said in the complaint.
He said, “The MLAs started shouting at me and abused me while blaming me and the bureaucracy for not doing enough publicity for the government.”
One of the MLAs, he alleged, threatened him, saying that he (Prakash) would be confined to the room for the entire night if he did not agree to releasing the TV campaign.
Since the party has come to power in Delhi, the bureaucracy and the AAP dispensation have clashed on a range of issues.