New Delhi, February 23: Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court on Friday rejected bail plea of Aam Aadmi Party MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal for allegedly assaulting Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. Both the leaders were sent to 14-day judicial custody in Tihar Jail by a Delhi court on Thursday.
The two MLAs were arrested in connection with the alleged assault on the bureaucrat during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on the night of February 19. While Jarwal, an MLA from Deoli, was arrested on Tuesday night, Khan was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon. (Also read: Saw AAP MLAs ‘Assaulting’ Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police)
Anshu Prakash’s Complaint
In his complaint, Prakash, a 1986-batch IAS officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, had alleged that at the meeting, an attempt was made to “compel” him to follow “unlawful directions”.
The chief secretary had claimed that around 8:45 PM on Monday, the advisor to the chief minister informed him that he had to reach the CM’s residence at midnight to discuss the issue of releasing some TV advertisements relating to the completion of three years of the AAP government. “The advisor (to CM) had called me around 11:30 PM (last night) to confirm that I had left for the meeting. Thereafter, I left my residence in my official car… and reached CM’s residence at midnight… I was taken to the front room where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and 11 MLAs were present,” he had said.
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.
With inputs from Agencies