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Delhi HC rejects AAP’s plea to restrain media in CS assault case

New Delhi, Aug 25 (UNI) A Delhi court on Saturday rejected a plea of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seeking to restrain sharing information with media in Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash assault case.

Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash had alleged in his complaint that he was beaten up by AAP MLAs in the presence of CM Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on February 19 night where he was called for a meeting.

Delhi Police has filed a charge sheet against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and 11 others — MLA Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal, Nitin Tyagi, Rituraj Govind, Sanjeev Jha, Ajay Dutt, Rajesh Rishi, Rajesh Gupta, Madan Lal, Parveen Kumar and Dinesh Mohania in connection with an assault case involving Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

MLAs from Aam Aadmi Party had earlier moved an application before the court by submitting that the investigating agency may be restrained from leaking the contents of the chargesheet to the media and from giving interviews in relation to the case.

Counsel for MLAs submitted before the court that police was indulging in character assassination of the Delhi CM as well as his Deputy CM. He further submitted before the court that cops were selectively leaking information to the media from the chargesheet filed in the Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash assault case.

It was further submitted that “since the matter was sub-judice, the investigating agency has no power to leak the contents of the chargesheet to the media selectively, before the cognisance (of the chargesheet) is taken by the court.”

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal, after hearing the plea of AAP, issued notice to Delhi Police to file the reply on the application of AAP.

The ACMM, after hearing the plea on behalf of the AAP and Delhi Police, dismissed the application of AAP and said that chargesheet would be considered on the next date of hearing on September 18.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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