Delhi Police in Chief Secretary Assault Case suffers a hit from The Supreme Court

Supreme court categorised the Delhi Police In Chief Secretary Assault Case as “Legally Nothing”.

Earlier today, Supreme Court confirmed its refusal to interfere with the Delhi High Court order that directed Delhi Police to provide a statement of one of the witnesses in the 2018 case. It was related to the alleged assault of then Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The bench shared while dismissing the plea, “It might be a political hot potato, but legally nothing.”


The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed that fairness is a compulsory objective of the investigating agency. They said, “If something is beneficial to the accused he has to benefit it. It is a statement. He also asked to allow the criminal law to run its course.”

While additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, appearing for the Delhi Police, left no stone unturned in order to persuade the Judges, they told him that the case does not hold merit. “Do not labor hard. There is nothing in the case,” the court said.

The plea of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy, Manish Sisodia, to provide the statement of one of the witnesses in the 2018 alleged assault of the then Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash last year was set aside by the Delhi High Court.

The order was challenged by the Delhi Police in Supreme Court. They said that the police diary cannot be given to the accused.

The criminal case relates to an alleged assault on Prakash on February 19, 2018, during a meeting at Kejriwal’s official residence.

Later, Anshu Prakash was transferred to the Department of Telecom.

There is a continuous tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucrats triggered by the alleged assault.