In the case relating to the alleged assault on former Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash at the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on February 19 last year, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday has dismissed a plea seeking the removal of Kejriwal from his post.

The ground put forward for his removal was that he has been named as an accused in the case of ‘alleged assault on former Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash,’ a 1986 batch IAS officer.

A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameswar Rao rejected the plea filed by lawyer Harinath Ram through advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi.

The HC noted that the case was still pending before the trial court, adding that elected authorities cannot be removed like this. The court also observed that Kejriwal has not been convicted of any offence till now.

Harinath Ram, in his plea, said that the trial court had taken cognizance of the charge sheet against the Chief Minister, hence, Kejriwal had no legal and constitutional right to continue as the Chief Minister.

He requested the court to issue directions to remove the Chief Minister including other accused involved in the case.

A charge sheet was filed against Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, and 11 AAP legislators in the case by Delhi Police in August.

(With agency inputs)