Arvind Kejriwal aide to police: Saw Chief Secy Anshu Prakash being assaulted, glasses fall

Arvind Kejriwal’s advisor, VK Jain, in multiple statements to police has said he witnessed the assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on February 19.

Written by Abhishek Angad , Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: February 23, 2018 9:45 am
chief secretary assault, arvind kejriwal, CM advisor VK jain, AAP assault case, delhi chief secreatry assault case, Prakash Jarwal, Amanutullah Khan, indian express, delhi news The two new statements contradict VK Jain’s earlier stand.

Contradicting his earlier stand, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s advisor, VK Jain, in multiple statements to police has said he witnessed the assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on February 19 during a meeting in Kejriwal’s residence and saw Prakash’s “spectacles fall off”.

While one of Jain’s statements was submitted before a Delhi court Thursday during the bail hearing of two AAP MLAs arrested for the assault on Prakash, he recorded a second statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) before a magistrate.

The two new statements contradict Jain’s earlier stand. In a statement to police on Wednesday he had said he was present at the February 19 meeting but denied witnessing the assault and said he was in the “washroom” for a few minutes.

Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava Thursday told Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon that Jain’s statement was recorded before police. “In his statement under Section 161 of the CrPC, Jain said he left home at around 11.30 pm from Maharani Bagh and reached the CM’s residence at midnight.”

According to the prosecutor, Jain, in the statement, admitted that he saw Prakash being assaulted after exiting the washroom. “… He saw two MLAs had surrounded the Chief Secretary and were assaulting him and that is when his spectacles fell off,” Srivastava told the court.

Defence counsel for the two AAP MLAs, BS Joon pointed out the contradictions in Jain’s statements while arguing for bail. During the hearing the prosecution filed a fresh application seeking police custody of the two MLAs while opposing bail. The court reserved its order on bail for Friday and sent both MLAs to judicial custody for 14 days. Deoli MLA Prakash Jarwal and Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan were sent to judicial custody on Wednesday.

Special Commissioner of Police and spokesperson Dependra Pathak told The Indian Express that police first recorded Jain’s statement under Section 161 of the CrPC and then a statement under Section 164 of CrPC before a magistrate.

It is learnt Jain, in his 164 CrPC statement, has said, “When I came back, I saw two MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, who were sitting, were ‘physically assaulting’ Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and asking why are you not working…They were pushing him, physically touching him and were threatening him after pressing his chin. They were asking why are you not working. Following this incident, his spectacles fell.”

Police sources said Jain went to the Civil Lines police station at 10 am on Thursday to record his statements. A retired 1984-batch DANICS and 2001 batch IAS officer, Jain (60 was appointed as advisor cum consultant to Chief Minister Kejriwal in September 2017.

Jain has worked in several government departments and retired as Chief Executive Officer of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB).

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  1. Thamizh Virumbi
    Feb 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    These are all drama being created to dislodge the Delhi government and to bring disrepute to the government.
    1. Sudalaimani Soundararaj
      Feb 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm
      Retired fellows should not accept any post , if you accept you should do chamchagiri to your boss otherwise this type of things will happen. Fortunately BJP is opposing AAP that is the reason FIR filed and MLAs arrested otherwise nothing will happen even if they commit murder.
      1. M
        Feb 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm
        Message to Indian Readers: Most votes for comments supportive of Kejriwaal are from Pakistani Readers of our "Indian" Express... [ 'Indian" because the Editor and Sub-Editors have Indian Passports ] ... You do get the odd Kulkarnis who quote some "Report" that 62 percent of Delhites favour Kejriwaal. They are Indians, no doubt. I respect their right to support and vote for Kejriwall in 2020. But I will never vote for him, because imo, he is a Crafty Fool.... now presiding over violent attacks on Senior Civil Servants in the dead of night. Woodoo Midnight hour for a Woodoo politician to launch attacks on ageing Senior Civil Servants.... Crafty fellow chose a Muslim M.P. and a Dalit M.P. to punch, kick and hurt Sri Prakash I.A.S. who bothered to come to a Mid-night Meeting. Some IAS Officers would have refused to come at that hour.
        1. George Varghese
          Feb 23, 2018 at 4:20 pm
          Extremely biased RSS jibe. Nothing else. Would you suggest for this Newspaper's readers Times Now and Republic? These two channels are busy criticizing the opposition, while according to international opinion journalism in a democratic country is typically critique of the govt in power. Indian Express does that whether BJP or Congress is ruling. Kudos to them and thumps down to all RSS lobbying and right-wing pracharaks.
        2. S
          Feb 23, 2018 at 12:40 pm
          Why police are not questioning Kejriwal and Manish, as they were eyewitness and planners of this crime.
          1. Madan Gupta
            Feb 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm
            it is sufficient proof to hang kambhaktwal publicly, no more evidence is required.
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