I witnessed AAP MLAs assaulting chief secretary: CM's adviser VK Jain to court
The adviser and consultant to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has admitted that he witnessed the assault of chief secretary Anshu Prakash by the AAP MLAs and even claimed that the CM and his deputy were present and kept quiet during the attack this week.
Counsel for Delhi Police Atul Shrivastava handed over VK Jains statement which was recorded before a magistrate.
The testimony jolted Aam Aadmi Party leaders who in a press briefing alleged that Jain was coerced to give the statement.
During the proceedings, cops moved a fresh plea seeking police custody of the arrested accused, saying they needed to be interrogated to find out why chief secretary Anshu Prakash was called around midnight to the CMs residence.
Shrivastava also submitted before the court that the chief secretary was made to sit between MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, who threatened him to sign a document for release of funds for an advertisement related to the AAP governments achievements related to corruption and education.
Prakash was then physically assaulted by the legislators, the police counsel said. The prosecutor also argued that the injuries received by the chief secretary show that the offence under section 308 of IPC attempt to commit culpable homicide was also committed by the accused.
The police even levelled allegations of tampering with available security camera footage. The prosecutor said officials needed time to go through the CCTV videos of the place where the meeting was going on and would need at least 10 hours for that.
Opposing the allegations, BS Joon, the counsel for the two AAP legislators, said the truth could only be established by experts and not the police.
Instead of acting on the complaint of Jarwal on an earlier matter, the police moved swiftly to register an FIR on the bureaucrats complaint. No action has been taken on Jarwals complaint against the chief secretary for allegedly using derogatory and casteist remarks against him and another MLA, he added.
Countering the submission of the police regarding criminal cases pending against the MLAs, he said all the cases were lodged against the accused while they were trying to raise their voice for the public and investigations in them were pending.
Both AAP lawmakers arrested for the alleged assault of Prakash were sent to 14-day judicial custody in Tihar Jail by the court which reserved its order on their bail pleas for Friday.
In his complaint, Prakash had said, The assault was premeditated and in conspiracy of all present... None of the persons present in the room made any effort to save me.
Relations between AAP and Delhi bureaucrats have been strained since the party won assembly elections in 2015 because of an incessant power tussle. The Delhi government has no control over important departments like law and order, land and police.
AAP accuses the lieutenant governor and bureaucrats of impeding its decisions on the orders of the BJP-led central government.
Kejriwals party is already in trouble as it is fighting a legal battle over the disqualification of 20 legislators for holding offices of profit.
If it loses in court, by-elections will be held for those seats. Mail Today reported on Thursday that the BJP was likely to push for Presidents rule in Delhi over the assault case based on a scathing report against the AAP government by lieutenant governor Anil Baijal.