Don’t panic, Mount Carmel tells stu­dents

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A Delhi Court on Fri­day said it would hear on Jan­uary 30 the chief sec­re­tary as­sault case in which Chief Minister Arvind Ke­jri­wal and his deputy Man­ish Siso­dia have been named as ac­cused.

Ad­di­tional Chief Metropoli­tan Mag­is­trate Sa­mar Vishal was told by the coun­sel for Ke­jri­wal, Siso­dia and other AAP lead­ers that they have not been pro­vided with com­plete doc­u­ments an­nexed with the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Po­lice.

The court asked the coun­sel for AAP lead­ers and po­lice to com­plete the process of scru­tiny of doc­u­ments by Jan­uary 30.

The crim­i­nal case re­lates to al­leged as­sault on the then Delhi Chief Sec­re­tary An­shu Prakash dur­ing a meet­ing at Ke­jri­wal’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence on Fe­bru­ary 19.

Prakash was re­cently trans­ferred and posted as ad­di­tional sec­re­tary in the Depart­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Ke­jri­wal and Siso­dia had ear­lier ap­proached the Delhi High Court chal­leng­ing the trial court’s or­der per­mit­ting two other ad­vo­cates to con­duct the pros­e­cu­tion on be­half of a Delhi Po­lice of­fi­cer, in­stead of a reg­u­lar pub­lic prose­cu­tor at­tached to the court con­cerned.

The high court has sought re­sponse of the Delhi gov­ern­ment, the po­lice and Prakash on the plea.

The ACMM, in an Oc­to­ber 22 or­der, had said let the Delhi Po­lice Com­mis­sioner as­sign the pros­e­cu­tion of this case to some of­fi­cer not be­low the rank of Ad­di­tional Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice.

Prakash had told the trial court that the Delhi Po­lice had nom­i­nated three well­re­puted and ex­pe­ri­enced coun­sels for ap­point­ment as Spe­cial Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tors and their con­sents had also been ob­tained.

De­spite rec­om­men­da­tion by the of­fi­cers of the Home Depart­ment, the re­quest of the Delhi Po­lice was re­jected

by the Delhi Home Minister on grounds that the case did not dis­close any spe­cial fea­tures, he had said.

The plea was op­posed by the Delhi Po­lice in the trial court claim­ing that the com­plainant (Prakash) has not shown any “ac­tual bias” but only an un­founded ap­pre­hen­sion of bias and the other cases of sim­i­lar ac­cused per­sons have been con­ducted by reg­u­lar pros­e­cu­tors and no bias has been re­ported. The Mount Carmel School in Dwarka which has been is­sued a de-recognition no­tice by the Delhi gov­ern­ment over ar­bi­trary fee hike said on Fri­day that it would come out clean and urged stu­dents and their par­ents to not panic.

The school ad­min­is­tra­tion, how­ever, main­tained that it has not re­ceived the no­tice yet.

“Though we have not re­ceived the no­tice yet we have got to know about it from me­dia re­ports. We urge the stu­dents and par­ents to not panic and as­sure that we would come out clean,” Michael Wil­liams, the di­rec­tor of Mount Carmel School said.

“Once we re­ceive the no­tice, we will take the ap­pro­pri­ate le­gal rem­edy and we have full faith in the le­gal sys­tem,” he added.

The or­der by the Direc­torate of Ed­u­ca­tion (DoE) said the depart­ment had no op­tion left but to with­draw the recognition given to Mount Carmel School in Dwarka, un­der the Delhi School Ed­u­ca­tion Act and Rules, 1973, af­ter is­su­ing no­tices and hold­ing hear­ings on the mat­ter since 2016.

The school had in­creased the fee by 25 per cent in 2016-2017.

—PTI

Delhi Chief Sec­re­tary An­shu Prakash

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