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After chief secretary complains, cops detain AAP MLA Khan, grill Kejriwal adviser

AAP MLA Amantullah Khan (top) and Prakash Jarwal produce at the Tees Hazari Court in New Delhi on Wednesday.

New Delhi, Feb. 21 (PTI): Delhi Police on Wednesday detained AAP legislator Amantullah Khan and questioned the Delhi chief minister's adviser V.K. Jain for three hours in connection with an alleged assault on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash, officials said.

Khan, who is the member of the legislative assembly for Okhla, was picked up from Jamia Nagar around 11.30am on the basis of a first information report against him, Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police, told reporters.

A Delhi Police spokesman, Dependra Pathak, said Jain was questioned at the Civil Lines Police station where an FIR has been registered on the complaint by Prakash.

“He may be called again for questioning,” Pathak said.

Prakash claims to have been assaulted on Monday night at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence during an official meeting. He says Jain informed him about the meeting earlier Monday. He was allegedly assaulted by Khan and others during the meeting.

The agenda of the meeting remains controversial, with Prakash claiming he was questioned about the Aam Aadmi Party government's media publicity while the AAP functionaries say he was called to discuss complaints on ration distribution.

The chief secretary in his complaint alleged that the assault was “premeditated” and a “conspiracy” of all those present. Police has filed the FIR including the charge of criminal conspiracy in it.

Prakash Jarwal, AAP MLA from Deoli, who was detained on Tuesday night has been arrested, said Pathak.

The chief secretary had alleged in his complaint that he was sitting on a sofa flanked by Amantullah and another AAP MLA during the meeting.

”Khan and the other MLA, without provocation from my side started hitting and assaulting me with blows on my head and temple,” he alleged in his complaint. 

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