Delhi High Court raises questions on law & order in capital

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Delhi High Court Building.  (Image courtesy - Delhi High Court website).

File photo of Delhi High Court Building.
(Image courtesy – Delhi High Court website).

The Delhi High Court has questioned the law and order situation in the capital while hearing the bail plea of one of the two AAP MLAs, arrested for allegedly assaulting Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. The court said it was concerned that if “a person” can be assaulted in the presence of the Delhi chief minister and the deputy chief minister, what will happen at other places.

“At a place where the chief minister is sitting, a person is assaulted. What is the law and order situation. This is happening in front of the chief minister. I am not going on the personality of the person who was assaulted. You need to answer this,” Justice Mukta Gupta said.

AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan, who were arrested in connection with the chief secretary’s assault case, have moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail.

“I am concerned that if a person is assaulted in the presence of the chief minister and deputy chief minister, what will happen at other places? How should I be satisfied that no such incident would take place in future?” the judge asked further.

Jarwal and Khan are undergoing 14-day judicial custody, which expires on Thursday.

A magisterial court had earlier denied bail to both of them, saying the matter cannot be treated in “a casual and routine manner” while dubbing them as “history-sheeters”.

(With inputs from PTI)