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Kejriwal will be questioned on Friday in connection with the assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on February 19.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday wrote to the Delhi Police requesting a change of time for questioning due to prior commitments. He also requested the Delhi Police to video-record the entire proceedings. Kejriwal will be questioned on Friday in connection with the assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on February 19. 

“Due to some prior commitments, I won’t be able to join the investigation at 11 am. I would request you to Kindly defer the time on the same day to 5 pm at my camp office,” said the Chief Minister’s letter to the Station House Officer of Civil Lines police station, who is the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case.

The letter continued: I wish to video record the entire proceedings during the investigation. If you have any objection, then I would request you to kindly make arrangements at your end to video record the same and in such case, a copy of the video recording may be provided after the conclusion of questioning.”

Harender Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, North, who is heading the investigating team said police will video record the proceedings. 

Police sources say a questionnaire has been prepared about the meeting on the night of February 19.

It includes questions such as whether Kejriwal had held meeting so late into the night before. Sources added that Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is likely to be questioned after Kejriwal.

In April, Delhi Police had questioned Kejriwal’s private secretary Bibhav Kumar in connection with the alleged assault on Prakash at Kejriwal’s residence on February 19. Kumar’s replies were were dis-satisfactory, police had said. 

Police have already questioned the 11 MLAs who were present at the Chief Minister’s residence during the meeting in which Prakash had allegedly been attacked. Kejriwal, VK Jain and Sisodia were also present there.

On February 23, a police team had examined footage from the CCTVs installed at the Chief Minister’s residence in Civil Lines area and seized the hard disk. Forensic report on the hard disk is still awaited.

The alleged assault on the Chief Secretary had triggered a bitter tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucrats.

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