Delhi faceoff deepens: Police search CM Arvind Kejriwal’s home, he takes his team to L-G

Delhi faceoff: The search at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's home by the Delhi Police closely follows the arrests of the two MLAs - Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal - two days ago. Both MLAs were denied bail Friday and sent to judicial custody.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2018 7:38 am
Delhi Police search CM Arvind Kejriwal's home in AAP vs Chief secretary row Delhi Police at CM’s house in New Delhi Friday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

The Delhi Police conducted searches at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence Friday for CCTV footage of a meeting on February 19 when two AAP MLAs allegedly assaulted Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash during a late night meeting.

The search closely follows the arrests of the two MLAs – Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal – two days ago and drew sharp criticism from the AAP and Kejriwal. Both MLAs were denied bail Friday and sent to judicial custody.

The search was ordered after police failed to recover CCTV footage from Kejriwal’s residence from the Public Works Department (PWD). After the search, police said no cameras were installed in the room where the alleged incident occurred took place and that seven of the 21 CCTV cameras installed at the house were dysfunctional.

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“We will now scan the footage recorded by cameras installed outside the drawing room and in the corridor. We will try to understand the movement of people before and after the incident,” a senior police officer said. He also said that police would probe why seven cameras were not functional.

Delhi Police search CM Arvind Kejriwal's home in AAP vs Chief secretary row The search was ordered after police failed to recover CCTV footage from Kejriwal’s residence from the Public Works Department. (Express Photo/Praveen Khanna)

Immediately after the police began the search, Kejriwal tweeted, “A huge posse of policemen was sent to my residence. The entire CM’s residence is being searched over allegations of ‘two slaps’. But when will Amit Shah be questioned in connection with Judge Loya’s death.”

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Earlier this week, Chief Secretary Prakash had filed an FIR against the two AAP MLAs and alleged they assaulted him at Kejriwal’s residence. The incident triggered a crisis in the Delhi government after bureaucrats refused to attend meetings with ministers.

Delhi Police search CM Arvind Kejriwal's home in AAP vs Chief secretary row CM Kejriwal and his council of ministers met L-G Anil Baijal on Friday (Express Photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

Hours after the search was conducted, Kejriwal and his council of ministers met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal over the crisis. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia after the meeting said Baijal had assured them that he would speak to bureaucrats and ensure that the Delhi government’s work is not impacted.

“We are grateful that the LG is looking at the issue from the perspective of Delhi’s governance. He has assured us that he will speak to officials to ensure that work is not affected and they (bureaucrats) work with the ministers,” said Sisodia.

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On Friday morning, at least 90 police personnel from all police stations of North district gathered at the Civil Lines police station before the search was conducted. A forensic team was also present during the search, so evidence could be collected in a “certified and professional way”.

“A search operation was conducted as we had asked them for the hard disk and footage on February 19. But we did not get any response, and we thought that it was important for us to seize the material on our own. We have found that the time of cameras at the Chief Minister’s residence was running behind by 40.43 minutes,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Harendra Singh.

Delhi government spokesperson Arunoday Prakash alleged that 60-70 policemen had entered Kejriwal’s office “without any intimation”. AAP spokesperson Ashutosh showed a clip of senior police officers purportedly asking about when the CM’s residence was painted and said, “What does the investigation have to do with paint. This is nothing but an attempt to humiliate the CM.”

AAP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh said, “We are completely of the opinion that the police should investigate this matter. But they are not investigating the assault on our minister inside the secretariat. This is nothing but hooliganism and bullying by the Delhi Police. It is happening with the AAP today, tomorrow it will happen in each household.”

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  1. Swati P
    Feb 24, 2018 at 10:59 am
    Political scenes are in mood of a change. Hope this extends to CMs/Ministers/MLAs of full state too. Nobody should be above law and why should police fear entering house of even representatives of people !! Whether a sitting CM or even ex-CM, fearing that he/she may return to power, enjoy immunity from fear of Police. Law and Order in the whole nation be placed under central rule. Even in cur situation, when Lalu is jailed, no wonder Bihar police will hesitate to enter their residence. Can't imagine that police will dare to enter Bhupinder Hooda's or Virbhadra's house, whatever may be the gravity of allegation.
    1. Sandeep Miglani
      Feb 24, 2018 at 11:42 am
      Why spare Yogi ? Who has shown temerity of withdrawing cases against himself. Could police even enter Gorakhpur (leave aside residence) when there was FIR and evidence !! Same with Modi as CM and Shah, his henchmen. ... Fearing loss of vote bank, Haryana CM has been soft on Dera even after conviction of rapist Baba. Indore police TI had to run for his life when threatened by RSS goon. 😂😂😂😂
      1. V
        Feb 24, 2018 at 7:09 pm
        Are you BJP IT cell spokesperson ??
      2. Kushal Kumar
        Feb 24, 2018 at 9:35 am
        Readers may find an implied alert for more care and appropriate strategy in this Vedic astrology writer’s article -“ Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2018” - published last year at theindiapost and wionews on 19 October , 2017. The related text of the article reads as :- “ About mid- March to 31 May 2018. Those involved in decision making , or governance of big enterprises or big organizations or think-tanks in the Govt could be prone to errors or fault-lines or controversies giving rise to need for revision or amendment. Northern India may keep these in mind. Such like States as Delhi can be indicated in that regard for better care and appropriate strategy”. The article also reads :- “ The year 2018 looks to be bringing to focus themes of political …………nature for a heightened or sharp analysis or
        1. Suhas Gha
          Feb 24, 2018 at 9:20 am
          It is unprecendented in the history of indias democresy that we got a so refengeful man as a prime minister. This man is what we call as "DEERGHA DWESHI" He does not take defeat sportingly. After 2015 defeat in delhi assembly elections, not only defeat but he and his party was virtyally wiped out by AAP. He does not forget. And by hiding behind lt governer of delhi and stupid rules, he had tried to destabilise aap government. He arrested the ministers and mlas in false cases. He made one defect. He scuttled every action by aap fovernment. And when nothing succeed, he disqualified 20 mlas on flimsy ground. The offence is nothing more than no parking offence and that too by forcing unjust law. He is trying all things to provoke aap so that aap will take some step that will help him to dismiss the ministry. Most cunning, revengeful person he is. Wait. If he wins next election, all opposition mps and mlas and people will be in concentration camp.
          1. Appan Menon
            Feb 24, 2018 at 8:44 am
            In Hyderabad: NDA believes in compe ive cooperative federalism, Narendra Modi. In Delhi, federalism means multiple governments, one run by the police remote controlled by the Central Government, MHA,the second: run by the CBI closely monitored by the PMO, the third: the secretariat run by the bureaucrats, IAS commanded by the PMO, the assembly: members selected by the Election Commission, the fifth run by the LG, (not the consumer care of some TVs, Refrigerators or washing machines) the Lieutenant Governor specially recruited to contain governance, and the sixth : Kejriwal and party left to continue their experiments with the odd-even formula. We are a great uni-federal, cons utional parliamentary democracy, a sovereign republic of a political party.
            1. T
              Traveling Light
              Feb 24, 2018 at 8:26 am
              Sack the weasel. Prosecute him and his collaborators.
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