'Assault' on Delhi Chief Secretary: CM Kejriwal aide forced to change statement, alleges AAP

AAP has alleged that CM Arvind Kejriwal's adviser VK Jain has been forced to change his statement about the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

'Assault' on Delhi Chief Secretary: CM Kejriwal aide forced to change statement, alleges AAP

New Delhi: Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday alleged that the Delhi Police pressured Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's adviser VK Jain to change his statement about the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by the party's MLAs.

According to PTI, senior AAP leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh had claimed that this was a ploy to destabilise Kejriwal government in Delhi.

Targeting Lt Governor Anil Baijal, AAP leader Ashutosh also called him an "agent of the BJP" for not acting on a complaint about attack on Delhi minister Imran Hussain and Delhi Dialogue Commission vice-chairman Ashish Khetan, despite being provided evidence.

"The Lt Governor is acting like an agent of the BJP and his loyalty is not towards the Constitution of India," Ashutosh alleged.

Jain was apparently at Kejriwal's residence in the Civil Lines area on Monday night, when AAP legislators allegedly attacked Prakash.

Sanjay Singh alleged that Jain, in his first statement to the Delhi Police, had stated that when the alleged assault happened he was in the bathroom and he did not know what had happened in the room.

"However, the police claimed that today Jain is claiming that when he returned from the bathroom, he found Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash searching for his spectacles, indicating the possibility of an assault. Why did Jain change his stand within a day? Under whose pressure was he forced to change his statement?" Singh asked.

Singh even claimed that Jain was picked up by the Delhi Police last morning and was pressured to change his statement.

"How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there, has now claimed otherwise?" the AAP leader said.

Delhi Police, however, rejected the AAP charges.

Special CP Dependra Pathak, the chief spokesperson of the Delhi Police, said, ''The department was only following rules and procedures.''

"As per due process, a statement was recorded first by the police and then the statement was recorded before the court," Pathak said.

Singh had alleged that his party MLAs were being arrested for an "assault" for which there was no proof.

On the other hand, despite there being video evidence of officials assaulting Delhi cabinet minister Imran Hussain, no action was taken by the Delhi Police, he added.

The party also named a few Delhi government officials seen in the video purportedly showing the attack on Hussain and Khetan.

Ashutosh said the medico-legal case report of Prakash states he was assaulted after 12 am but the CCTV camera footage shows he left Kejriwal's residence at 11.30 pm. 

He said Delhi government officials going on strike following the alleged attack on Prakash was "unfortunate".

(With PTI inputs)

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