Kejriwal's advisor resigns citing personal reasons
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's advisor V K Jain, who is also a witness in the Delhi Chief Secretary (CS) assault case, has resigned from the post citing personal reasons, days after he was questioned by police in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, sources said on Tuesday.
"Jain has resigned from the post of advisor to the Delhi chief minister citing personal reasons and family commitment," said, officials from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO).
He has submitted his resignation letter to the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) and sent a copy to the Lieutenant Governor, the source added.
Jain, a 1984 batch DANICS officer, was promoted to the IAS cadre and retired in 2017 as the CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). Later, he took charge of the advisor's post. He was appointed to the post in September last year, days after he had retired as the CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). The board is chaired by Kejriwal.
Jain had not been coming to the CMO since the incident and had gone on a week-long medical leave, the sources said.
Prakash was allegedly assaulted by AAP MLAs during a meeting at the chief minister's residence in the evening of February 19.
The Delhi Police had last week told a court that during interrogation, Jain disclosed that AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan surrounded the chief secretary and saw them assaulting him at Kejriwal's residence.
However, Jain had earlier said that he did not see anything as he had gone to the washroom at the time of the incident.
The alleged assault on Prakash took place in the presence of Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.
In solidarity with Prakash, IAS and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DCS) officers have not been attending meetings with AAP ministers, and only maintaining written communication with them.