HC rejects plea seeking removal of Kejriwal as CM

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking the removal of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from his post as he has been named as an accused in a case of alleged assault on former Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao rejected the plea filed by lawyer Harinath Ram through advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi.

The court noted that the case was still pending before the trial court and elected authorities cannot be removed like this.

The court also observed that Kejriwal has not been convicted of any offence till now.

In his plea, the lawyer said that the trial court had taken cognizance of the chargesheet against the Chief Minister. Hence, Kejriwal had no legal and constitutional right to continue as Chief Minister.

The lawyers requested the court to issue direction to remove the Chief Minister including other accused Ministers involved in the case.

The 1986 batch IAS officer was allegedly assaulted during a midnight meeting held at the Chief Minister’s residence on February 19.

Delhi Police in August charge-sheeted Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and 11 AAP legislators in the case.