AAP slams Centre, Delhi Police for search at Kejriwal's home

File photo of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Feb 23, 2018, 02.15 PM (IST)

After the Delhi Police searched chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, a leader of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused it of acting like a bully at the behest of the Centre and said the action was aimed at "insulting and humiliating" Arvind Kejriwal.

The Delhi Police had conducted a search at the Delhi chief minister's residence saying its demand for the CCTV footage of the alleged incident of assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by AAP MLAs had not been met.

AAP leader Ashutosh claimed the police had initially requested the video from the PWD department but did not take it.

In a veiled reference to the BJP, AAP MP (Member of Parliament) Sanjay Singh said it was "unfortunate" that some "dictators" and people with a mentality of "hooligans" had captured power, be it Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra,
Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh.

"The dadagiri (bullying) by the Delhi Police at Arvind Kejriwal's residence is being done at the behest of the BJP. The Delhi Police is a mere puppet but the Centre is resorting to such dadagiri to dismiss the Delhi government," Sanjay Singh said.

The AAP MP equated the Delhi Police with "Dhristashtra", the blind king in epic Mahabharat who turned a blind eye to his sons' vices, stating that the law and order enforcement agency had not even bothered to take action in cases involving assault on Delhi minister Imran Hussain and Delhi Dialogue Commission vice-chairman Ashish Khetan.

Sanjay Singh also posted pictures of injured AAP workers who were allegedly beaten up by police in Lucknow for protesting the dictatorial action led by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government against Arvind Kejriwal.
 

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Sanjay Singh said the AAP will protest outside district headquarters and state capital headquarters to protest the sending of police team to the Delhi chief minister's residence.

In a press conference, the AAP showed a two-and-half-minute clip where senior police officials are seen inside the residence of the chief minister, purportedly asking questions about the wall paint of the room.

"The police team went inside the chief minister's residence only to humiliate and insult him (Arvind Kejriwal)," AAP leader Ashutosh told the press.

AAP counsel JS Joon who is the defence lawyer for party MLAs Amantullah and Prakash Jarwal, arrested for allegedly assaulting the chief secretary, said there should have been a prior notice before entering the residence of the chief minister.

"Such questions (on details of painting done at the chief minister's residence) are ridiculous and preposterous," the AAP counsel said.

Meanwhile, AAP MLA Naresh Balyan said today that the chief secretary deserved to be beaten in this manner.

"What happened with the chief secretary, the false allegation that he levelled, I am saying that such officials should be beaten up. Those who stop the work of the common man should be treated in this manner only," Naresh Balyan said while addressing a rally in the capital's Uttam Nagar.

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The Delhi Police had conducted a search at the Delhi chief minister's residence saying its demand for the CCTV footage of the alleged incident of assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by AAP MLAs had not been met