CM Kejriwal to join investigation
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has agreed to join the investigation on Friday in a case of alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February, police said on Thursday. Kejriwal, in a letter, urged the Station House Officer of the Civil Lines police station to defer the meeting from 11 am to 5 pm on Friday.
The chief minister also said that he would seek to video record the entire proceedings. "I wish to video record the entire proceedings during the investigation. If you have any objection, then I would request you to kindly make arrangements at your end to video record the same," Kejriwal wrote. On February 20, the Chief Secretary alleged that he was assaulted by two Aam Aadmi Party MLAs - Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal - in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister's residence. So far, the police have questioned 11 AAP MLAs who were present at the meeting at the Chief Minister's residence on February 19.
CM's former advisor VK Jain and Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia were also present when the incident happened. On February 23, a police team had examined the CCTV system installed at the chief minister's residence in the Civil Lines area and seized the hard disk. The forensic report on the hard disk is still awaited. The 'conspiracy' of assault on the CS was 'hatched' at Arvind Kejriwal's residence so it was no surprise that he would be questioned by the police, alleged Vijender Gupta, BJP legislator and Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly. "The chief minister should cooperate in investigation instead of indulging in politics over it," Gupta said. The alleged assault on the chief secretary had triggered a bitter tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucracy.