AAP MLA Detained After Chief Secretary Alleges Assault By 2 Legislators

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was assaulted by AAP MLAs Amantullah Khan and others during a meeting at the chief minister's home. The police has registered an FIR against Mr Khan and Prakash Jarwal on the basis of his complaint. Arvind Kejriwal's office has dismissed the accusation as "bizarre and baseless".

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AAP MLA Detained After Chief Secretary Alleges Assault By 2 Legislators

CCTV footage shows Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash leaving Arvind Kejriwal's residence


New Delhi:  After the Delhi Chief Secretary alleged that he was manhandled by two Aam Aadmi Party lawmakers at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's home, the police said they detained AAP legislator Prakash Jarwal late on Tuesday.

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was assaulted by AAP MLAs Amantullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal during a meeting at the chief minister's home on Monday night. The police has registered an FIR against Mr Khan and others on the basis of his complaint. Arvind Kejriwal's office has dismissed the accusation as "bizarre and baseless".

Prakash Jarwal, who is the MLA from Deoli, was picked up by the police from his South Delhi home and detained, sources told news agency Press Trust of India, adding that there is a possibility that he will be arrested later. A strong contingent of policemen deployed outside Amanatullah Khan's home triggered speculation that he could be next.

Hours after Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was mobbed by officials and staff at the Delhi Secretariat, following which AAP's Delhi unit chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj asked why no arrests were made for the incident despite it being caught on video. He also said that Mr Jarwal was "arrested" without any evidence.

"Delhi Police arrested elected MLA without any evidence. What about arrest of IAS Officers who can be seen beating Minister in Secretariat? There is FIR by Minister as well as video evidence, but no arrests," Mr Bharadwaj tweeted.

Prakash Jarwal and another AAP MLA, Ajay Dutt, earlier claimed that the Delhi Chief Secretary made casteist remarks, and lodged a complaint with the Delhi police and the National Commission for Scheduled Castes against Anshu Prakash.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after a meeting with the IAS Officers' Association and Anshu Prakash, asked Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for a report on the incident at Mr Kejriwal's home.

With inputs from PTI


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