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Court summons Arvind Kejriwal in chief secretary assault case

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal also issued summons to 12 other AAP leaders

PTI New Delhi Published 18.09.18, 09:04 AM

A Delhi court on Tuesday summoned as accused Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and 11 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in the chief secretary Anshu Prakash assault case.

Prakash was allegedly assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal's official residence on February 19 night.


Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal issued summons after taking cognisance of the chargesheet filed by Delhi police on August 13.

The court said there were sufficient grounds to establish the charges against the accused in the case.

The chargesheet has also named 11 AAP legislators — Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal, Nitin Tyagi, Rituraj Govind, Sanjeev Jha, Ajay Dutt, Rajesh Rishi, Rajesh Gupta, Madan Lal, Parveen Kumar and Dinesh Mohania — as accused.

The court had on August 25 reserved the order while rejecting a plea moved by Kejriwal, his deputy and other AAP MLAs seeking to restrain police from sharing with the media information on the chargesheet.

The court had said it needed time to go through the 1,300-page chargesheet, in which the police had alleged that Kejriwal, Sisodia and others had criminally conspired to threaten the chief secretary with death or grievous hurt, obstructed him in discharging his public function and caused hurt.

The chargesheet had also accused the AAP leaders of other offences punishable under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including wrongfully confining any person, assaulting or using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of duty, insulting him to provoke breach of peace and abetment to the offence.

They were also charged under Section 149 of the IPC, which says if an offence is committed by any member of an unlawful assembly, every other member of such assembly shall be held guilty of the offence.

Delhi police had on May 18 questioned Kejriwal for over three hours in connection with the case.

Two of the party MLAs, Amantullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, were arrested in the case.

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

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