New Delhi: Two AAP MLAs were arrested and sent to judicial custody on Wednesday on allegations of assault levelled by Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash, prompting the state’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to claim the men were picked for their minority status.
The developments came as the stand-off between the AAP government of Delhi and the state bureaucracy continued for the second day over Prakash’s allegations that he was assaulted by AAP legislators during a meeting at the home of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday night.
Prakash visited the prime minister’s office (PMO) on Wednesday, according to ANI, as state bureaucrats decided to boycott meetings called by the political leadership of the Delhi government.
Three officers, including Prakash, skipped a meeting of the privilege committee of the Delhi assembly regarding fraudulent loans in corporate banks. The meeting is now expected to take place next week.
AAP alleged that its leaders were being targeted because of the communities they represent. “Eleven MLAs were present at the meeting at the chief minister’s residence and yet only Prakash Jarwal, a Dalit MLA, and Amanatullah Khan were arrested. Why are they being targeted?" senior AAP leader Ashutosh said.
The party also said that the police is yet to take action on the cases of assault filed by cabinet minister Imran Hussain and Delhi Dialogue Commission vice-chairman Ashish Khetan even though they had submitted video evidence. The two had alleged they were assaulted inside the Delhi Secretariat by a mob.
Shaswati Das and PTI contributed to this story.