Referring to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia reportedly having been named as accused in the case involving the alleged assault on Delhi’s Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, five Delhi ministers issued a joint statement: “Filing of a bogus chargesheet by the politically motivated Delhi Police which is based on imaginary and false allegations by frustrated elements against the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, among others, is the latest example of the Central Government’s ongoing unprecedented alleged witch-hunt against the Delhi government, elected with highest ever mandate in India’s electoral history.”
The joint statement was issued on Monday by Delhi ministers Gopal Rai, Satyendar Jain, Kailash Gahlot, Rajendra Pal Gautam and Imran Hussain.
The ministers alleged, “ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah suffered their worst ever electoral humiliation in February 2015, they have not forgiven the elected government of Delhi and have relentlessly unleashed all their agencies with full might to crush the Delhi government to fulfil their arrogant desire of seeking complete revenge.”
“It appears that the Modi government has learnt no lesson from its previous attempt of booking elected MLAs in false cases during last three and a half years. It is now a documented fact that the fast track courts in Delhi during the last five months have acquitted/discharged elected MLAs in 19 out of 22 cases registered against them since February 2015,” the statement added.
“This is not all, from snatching powers of the elected Delhi government through an illegal notification to ACB and CBI raids, terrorising officers through raids and threats of transfers and ruining careers, no stone has been left unturned in paralysing the Delhi government,” the statement claimed.
The charge sheet in the case, filed by the Delhi Police before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal earlier on Monday, named Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia as accused.
Prakash was allegedly assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal’s official residence on February 19. The police said the chief minister was present when the alleged assault took place.