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Delhi Chief Secretary ‘assault’: Bail plea of arrested AAP MLAs dismissed

SNS | New Delhi |

A Delhi court today dismissed the bail pleas of two Aam Aadmi Party lawmakers, Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, who were arrested for allegedly assaulting Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tondon, however, refused to grant the police their custody saying there was no new ground for custodial interrogation.

The court had on Thursday sent the MLAs to 14-day judicial custody. The two MLAs were arrested in connection with the alleged assault on Delhi’s top bureaucrat during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on the night of February 19.

While Mr. Jarwal, an MLA from Deoli, was arrested on Tuesday night, Mr. Khan was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon.

In other development, Delhi Police, earlier today, searched Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence for CCTV footages. After the CM’s residence was searched, the police said no cameras were installed in the room where the incident reportedly took place.

A senior police officer said they would go about the investigation based on the coverage by cameras installed in the corridor and added that seven of the 21 CCTV cameras in the house were not functioning.

“Going by the coverage by CCTV cameras outside the drawing room and in the corridor, we will try to understand the movement of people before and after the incident,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Harendra Kumar Singh said.

“The time of cameras at the Chief Minister’s residence was running behind by 40.43 minutes,” he said, adding that hard disks of the cameras had been seized.

A forensic team was also present during the search, so that evidence could be collected in a certified and professional way, the DCP added. These teams would also look into why seven cameras were not functional.

(With agencies inputs)