'Saw Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash being assaulted', says CM Kejriwal's aide
In a dramatic twist that could spell more trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's advisor, VK Jain, has reportedly said that he witnessed the assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on February 19 during a meeting in Kejriwal's residence.
Contradictory to this statement, Jain on Wednesday he had said he was present at the February 19 meeting but denied witnessing the assault and said he was in the "washroom" for a few minutes.
Counsel for Delhi Police Atul Shrivastava handed over VK Jain's statement which was recorded before a magistrate.
Jain said he had gone to the washroom during the meeting and when he returned, he saw two lawmakers hitting the Chief Secretary. The statement, recorded before a magistrate, would be admissible as evidence during the trial.
Prakash's allegation that he has been assaulted by ruling party lawmakers has already pitted city government's officials against the AAP government.
Jain, in his first statement to the police, had stated that when the alleged assault happened he was in the bathroom and he did not know what had happened in the room.
However, the AAP has alleged that the Delhi Police pressured Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's adviser VK Jain to change his statement about the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by the party's MLAs.