Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia will be charged by the police with criminal conspiracy over the alleged attack on a top bureaucrat in February.
A senior police officer confirmed that the charge sheet would be filed at the Tis Hazari court either on Saturday or early next week. Though Kejriwal was not arrested or named an accused in the first information report (FIR), police had questioned him twice.
Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash has alleged that in Mr Kejriwal’s presence, he was attacked by lawmakers of Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He complained to the police that he was beaten by two legislators as part of a conspiracy between everyone present in the room, a statement seen to point at the Chief Minister.
The Aam Aadmi Party has denied the chief secretary’s allegations and called the case politically motivated. The incident deepened the divide between the ministers of the Delhi government and the bureaucrats who refused to attend meetings called by the ministers citing a threat to their life.
Kejriwal along with his three ministers also held a sit-in protest at lieutenant governor Anil Baijal’s office and refused to leave the L-G office premises until Baijal intervened and called off the strike by the bureaucrats.