2018 assault case: Kejriwal, his deputy kingpins of conspiracy, former chief secretary tells court

Prakash made the submission during the hearing of an appeal filed by him against a trial court decision to discharge Kejriwal, Sisodia and nine other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in the case.

Published: 29th March 2022 09:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2022 09:49 PM   |  A+A-

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Photo| PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Former chief secretary Anshu Prakash on Tuesday told a Delhi court that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia were the "kingpins" of a conspiracy that led to him being assaulted in 2018.

Prakash made the submission during the hearing of an appeal filed by him against a trial court decision to discharge Kejriwal, Sisodia and nine other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in the case.

The criminal case relates to the alleged assault on Prakash during a meeting at Kejriwal's official residence on February 19, 2018.

Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for Prakash, told Special Judge Geetanjli Goel that the trial court erred in its judgment of discharging the politicians in the case.

He also said that the AAP government did not allow the Delhi Police to file a revision petition against the trial court order, despite a written request by the probe agency.

"Kejriwal and Sisodia were the kingpins of the conspiracy, wherein 11 specific MLAs were called at the CM residence at 12 midnight. The meeting was specifically kept in a drawing room of the CM, where there were no CCTV cameras and not in the designated meeting room with CCTV cameras," the counsel told the court.

"MLAs were called to be present one hour before to the arrival time of the chief secretary. The meeting was called without any agenda, where officers/ministers concerned with the issue were specifically not called to maintain the secrecy," he said.

The counsel told the court that the MLAs, including the chief minister (CM) and the deputy chief minister (Dy CM), who were discharged, have changed their stand before the court.

"Now they are accepting the incident of physical assault upon the chief secretary but denying the charges of conspiracy. The CM and the Dy CM and other discharged MLAs are making Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal scapegoats by contending that the trial court has rightly framed the charges against the two MLAs," he told the court.

The trial court had discharged Kejriwal, Sisodia and other AAP MLAs - Rajesh Rishi, Nitin Tyagi, Praveen Kumar, Ajay Dutt, Sanjeev Jha, Rituraj Govind, Rajesh Gupta, Madan Lal, and Dinesh Mohania - in the case.

The court had, however, ordered framing of charges against AAP MLAs Khan and Jarwal.

Kejriwal, Sisodia and nine other AAP MLAs were granted bail in October 2018.

Khan and Prakash Jarwal were granted bail earlier by the high court.

The alleged assault had triggered a bitter tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucrats.



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