Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia and 11 AAP MLAs were granted bail by the Delhi High Court in case relating to the alleged assault on the state Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.
The Chief Secretary had alleged that he was attacked at a late night meeting in February. Initially, he was threatened and then Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal started hitting him, he said in his written complaint. The meeting took place at the Chief Minister’s house. However, the AAP government termed the allegations in the police chargesheet as fake.
The alleged attack had led to a month-long face-off between the ministers and bureaucrats. It was finally resolved in June this year.
All the accused were granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 except Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal. Khan and Jarwal were earlier granted bail by the Delhi High Court.
The bail was granted after they appeared before the court in pursuance to summons issued to them. The court has now put up the matter for further hearing on December 7.
Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia were booked under various sections of the IPC, including sections 120B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty).
Others accused in the case were Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal, Nitin Tyagi, Rituraj Govind, Sanjeev Jha, Ajay Dutt, Rajesh Rishi, Rajesh Gupta, Madan Lal, Parveen Kumar and Dinesh Mohania, who were present at the chief minister’s residence for the meeting when Prakash was allegedly attacked.
—India Legal Bureau