The Delhi Police have categorically rejected the charge of the Arvind Kejriwal government that the force was “hounding” AAP MLAs.
The police have issued a point-by-point rebuttal in response to Kejriwal’s letter to the Union home ministry, in which the Delhi chief minister had accused Delhi Police of negligence on 10 different issues.
The reply filed by Delhi Police special commissioner (law and order) Deepak Mishra said it was a “figment of imagination” of the Kejriwal government that the police had been victimising AAP MLAs.
As many as 51 cases have been registered against AAP MLAs. Some of these are old and have already been concluded in a court of law. Currently, 23 cases are pending investigation and 23 are pending trial in a court of law. Of the 46 current cases, only 13 MLAs have been arrested, the police reply says.
Mishra said the ground reality was that of late, a substantial number of Delhi police personnel felt they were being hounded by AAP workers and “political higher ups”.
“Honorable CM has called police as thulla, which has hurt the sentiments of the police. The overall morale of Delhi Police personnel has plummeted to its lowest ebb after such incessant attacks by the powers that be,” the reply says.
Mishra denied any wrongdoing on the part of the police in the Meenakshi murder case. Mishra, in his reply, said that when the police received a complaint about the girl’s murder, it conducted a proper inquiry and made preventive arrests.
Mishra clarified that the chain-snatching of a woman cop outside the CM’s residence fuelling doubts about the law and order situation was a disproportionate interpretation of ground reality. At the time of the incident, the woman cop was not in her uniform and it was the only chain-snatching incident at the area this year.