In a huge relief for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, a Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and 11 AAP MLAs, who were accused in an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on the night of February 19 at the chief minister's Civil Lines residence.
All the accused were granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 except Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal. Khan and Jarwal were earlier granted bail by the Delhi High Court. The bail was granted after they appeared before the court in pursuance to summons issued to them. The court has now put up the matter for further hearing on December 7.
In August, the Delhi Police had chargesheeted Kejriwal, Sisodia, AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal, Amanatullah Khan, Rituraj Govind, Nitin Tyagi, Ajay Dutt, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Rishi, Rajesh Gupta, Parveen Kumar, Madan Lal, and Dinesh Mohania for assaulting the chief seccretary in a late-night meeting. "Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was the main conspirator behind the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash," a source had said quoting the charge sheet which was filed against the Delhi CM, Deputy Chief and the 11 other AAP MLAs.
Sources had said that it was Kejriwal who had decided to call the meeting around midnight of Februray 19. "All 13 accused have been booked under the same section --- Section 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) --- and held responsible for the attack since all of them were present in the room," a Delhi Police officer had said.