Delhi cops to quiz CM Kejriwal in assault case

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives during the Delhi government budget 2018-19 at Delhi Legislative Assembly in New Delhi

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives during the Delhi government budget 2018-19 at Delhi Legislative Assembly in New Delhi

Confirming the same, senior police officers said in a letter addressed to Station House Officer of Civil Lines Police Station, the Chief Minister said he would be available at 5 pm on Friday at his camp office. However, he requested a change in time pertaining to prior commitments. "In the event such timing is not convenient to you due to official exigencies, kindly intimate an alternate time".

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. He wrote to the police that if they have issues with him video recording the proceedings, they can make arrangements and provide him the video after the questioning is over.

His party, had on Wednesday attacked hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by alleging that the CS is being used by Mr Modi to delay his "good governance work".

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday claimed that the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, being "unhappy" with acquittal of its legislators facing "false charges", has questioned police over its "lacklustre" investigation and has sought a report from the police commissioner in those cases. Kejriwal, his former advisor VK Jain and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, were also present when the alleged assault took place.

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On February 20, the Delhi Police had filed an FIR against AAP MLA Amanatullah and others, on a complaint by the CS after he was allegedly manhandled during a midnight meeting at Chief Minister's residence, a day before. The forensic report on the hard disk is still awaited.

Reacting sharply to the Delhi police notice, AAP's Delhi unit chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, "It is for the first time in India that a chief minister is being examined in a fake case".

The alleged assault on the chief secretary had triggered a bitter tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucracy.

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