The Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. Deoli MLA Jarwal was arrested by the Delhi Police on 20 February, a day after Prakash was allegedly assaulted at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence.File photo
The Delhi High Court had on Thursday reserved its order Jarwal’s bail plea while expressing her concern over what she termed was a very unfortunate situation where the state and the officers felt unsafe and were being threatened by each other.
Justice Mukta Gupta had said that Prakash was being harassed by ‘hook or crook’ for pursuing the matter on alleged assaults against him.
“You cannot harass a complainant (chief secretary) like this. The fact remains that if a person makes a complaint and there is an indirect way of harassing him, whether the court should take cognisance of it. By hook or crook, the chief secretary is being harassed (by AAP MLAs). Is it not a ground to reject the bail plea?” Justice Gupta was quoted by PTI.
Justice Mukta was referring to the notice by the Privileges Committee of the Delhi Assembly asking Prakash to appear before it in connection with a banking scam. Prakash had moved the Delhi High Court appealing against a notice by the Question and Reference Committee directing him to appear before it on 5 March related to Rs 100 crore scam in Delhi Nagrik Sehkari Bank.
Prakash was first asked to appear before the panel on 21 February, two days after he claimed to have been assaulted by AAP MLAs at Kejriwal’s residence. He first expressed his inability to appear before the committee citing his meeting at the PMO. However, when he was asked to appear at 5 PM the same day, Prakash once again said that he could not appear because of health reasons. The committee once again served him a notice on 23 February before sending him another notice on 1 March directing him to appear on 5 March.
The bail application on another AAP MLA, Amanatullah Khan, is pending before the court. The Okhla MLA too was arrested in the same case on 21 February.