A purported query from Anshu Prakash on the validity of question hour during special sessions of the Delhi Assembly has triggered a fresh row between the government and the top officer.
The police have already questioned 11 AAP MLAs present at the chief minister’s residence for the meeting. Two of the party MLAs — Amantullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — were arrested in the case.
As per the application, the Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, Additional DCP Harender Singh, made a statement before the media about Kejriwal which was “factually incorrect”.
The notice was issued almost two months after Prakash alleged he was beaten up during a meeting at Kejriwal’s house on February 19.
Police have already questioned 11 AAP MLAs who were present at the chief minister’s residence during a meeting when Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted.
A senior officer said Ravinder Parmar, an under secretary in the urban development department, has been arrested. He had been named by Hussain in his complaint.
Sources said police have prepared a list of about 45 questions which they are going to ask the Chief Minister, including why he called Prakash for a meeting so late at night, and whether he has called such a late-night meeting in the past.
Delhi chief secretary assault case: Police said, “A notice has been sent to Arvind Kejriwal and he will be examined on May 18 at 11 am. He will be questioned by the police on Friday in connection with the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash in February.”
The source claimed, “They don’t have a forensic report yet, which will make everything clear. Instead, their focus is to try and ask questions about what Kejriwal knew about the incident beforehand.”
The discrepancies in question, as per the annexures to the letter, include roads and drains, which cite one as being finished and the other as not yet started.
The move comes at a time when such committees are at the heart of a tussle between the AAP government and bureaucrats.
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The court’s observation came after it granted bail to MLA Parkash Jarwal, who was arrested for allegedly assaulting Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.
Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash had lodged an FIR on February 20 against two AAP MLAs — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — for allegedly slapping and abusing him at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence during a meeting.
The assurance from the privilege committee came after the High Court made it clear that the matter before it should not be taken in view of the Chief Secretary seeking legal remedy before it.