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Prakash Jarwal, AAP MLA is Arrested for Assaulting Chief Secretary of Delhi
Aam Aadmi Party MLA was arrested on Tuesday night by the Delhi Police soon after Anshu Prakash, Chief Secretary of Delhi filed a complaint that he has been assaulted by the lawmakers of the ruling party at the residence of the Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal. Police arrested Jarwal from his residence at Deoli.
Kejriwal’s Advisor VK Jain was also detained by the police on Wednesday morning from his residence at Maharani Bagh. However, explaining his detention police said that he is only being questioned in the matter as he was present when the incident took place.
Monday late night MLA of Okhla constituency Amanatullah Khan and others in the presence of Kejriwal assaulted the city’s top bureaucrat Anshu Prakash. Prakash registered an FIR against Khan and others accusing them of making casteist remarks.
Saurabh Bhardwaj, spokesperson of AAP has said that Jarwal has been arrested on the frivolous complaint. He further tweeted that an elected MLA has been arrested by the police without any evidence but the IAS officers who can be seen beating Minister in Secretariate are not arrested by the police despite video evidence and FIR by the minister.
It has been alleged by the environment minister Imran Hussain and party leader Ashish Khetan that they were manhandled at the state secretariat.
In his complaint, Prakash accused Khan and others of dealing “several blows with fists” to his head and temple for refusing to comply with their demand to release TV advertisements highlighting the achievements of the government, which recently completed three years in office.
Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi has stated that the accusations are bizarre and the things in the meeting did get heated but there was no assault.
The AAP responded with counter-charges. MLAs Ajay Dutt and Jarwal filed a police complaint against Prakash for “casteist remarks”.
Upset over the alleged assault, government officers have decided to boycott meetings called by ministers and confined themselves to written communication