Three days after a state chief secretary in India was allegedly slapped by two lawmakers at the home of Delhi’s chief minister, a team of 60 police personnel including cyber-crime and forensics experts searched the crime scene for evidence and seized hard discs of 21 CCTV cameras.
Hinting at political vendetta by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led federal government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked reporters waiting at his gate when BJP chief Amit Shah will be questioned in connection with the death of a judge, Loya.
Members of Kejriwal’s Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP) said the unprecedented police search on Friday was to insult and humiliate the chief minister.
AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey wanted to know why Delhi police are not acting on their complaint over attacks on AAP leaders despite evidence provided to them.
Additional deputy commissioner of police, Harender Singh, said police were compelled to visit the chief minister’s home as he kept ignoring their requests for CCTV footage.
Of the 21 cameras installed at the chief minister’s residence, only 14 were working and all of them were running 40-42 minutes late, Singh said.
The finding is significant since AAP was questioning the timing mentioned by Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in his police complaint. Their contention was that while Prakash claimed he reached Kejriwal’s home around 10 minutes past midnight responding to his summons, the CCTV camera clearly showed he arrived at 11.30 pm.
Seven cameras were not switched on. No CCTVs were installed in the room where the assault allegedly took place. However, cameras were installed in the corridor outside the room. The footage will be examined to check the movement of people before and after the alleged assault, Singh said.
Kejriwal’s adviser VK Jain has told a Delhi court that he had seen AAP lawmakers Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal assaulting the chief secretary. Jain said when he returned to the meeting from the washroom, he saw the two slapping the chief secretary as Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia looked on.
In the meantime, a Delhi Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Khan and Jarwal. Both will remain in 14-days judicial custody. The Delhi Police had booked Khan and Jarwal on Tuesday acting on a complaint by the chief secretary.