A six-member team of the Delhi Police on Friday questioned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for over three hours in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February. After questioning, Kejriwal said it is the first time a chief minister was questioned in “such a fake case”, while terming the presence of the team a “raid” on his camp office-cum-residence at Civil Lines.
“It is the first time that questioning of a chief minister was done in such a fake case and a police raid was conducted,” he said in a tweet minutes after the Delhi Police team left his office. He also alleged that the only aim of the Centre and the Delhi Lt Governor (L-G) was to “trouble and bother us”. However, he said the questioning took place in a “very congenial atmosphere”.
Police said the team led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Harendra Singh began questioning the chief minister at his camp office at 5.10 pm and finished around 8.20 pm.
During the questioning that took place in the drawing room, two lawyers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo were also present. “We questioned him for three hours. He was cooperative during the investigation, but at the same time he evaded many of the questions. The replies to some of the questions were not satisfactory. If required, we will again question him in the case,” said a senior police officer.
Delhi police questioned me today. My statement on the same … pic.twitter.com/QvAsiVcwnp
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 18, 2018
Singh said the proceedings of the questioning were video-recorded by the police, but added that a copy of the recording will not be provided to Kejriwal because the law does not allow it.
On Thursday, the CM agreed to be questioned by the police at his camp office in his home today and expressed that he wanted to record the proceedings. In his letter to the Station House Officer of Civil Lines police station, Kejriwal had also said that if police have issues with him video recording the proceedings, they can make arrangements for the same and provide him with the video after questioning ends.
The notice was issued almost two months after Prakash alleged he was beaten up during a meeting at Kejriwal’s house on February 19. AAP MLAs, Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, had been arrested and later released on bail. They had also conducted a search at Kejriwal’s residence in Civil Lines on February 23 to recover CCTV footage. They had seized the hard disk with the CCTV footage, and a forensic report of its contents is awaited.