Delhi Chief Secretary 'assault' updates | Anshu Prakash calls attack on him 'premeditated conspiracy', files FIR against AAP MLAs

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs during a meeting at Delhi Chief Minister and AP convenor Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Monday.

Published: 20th February 2018 07:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th February 2018 08:31 PM   |  A+A-

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal | Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash (PTI Photos)

By Online Desk

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs during a meeting at Delhi Chief Minister and AP convenor Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Monday.

The AAP has denied the allegations and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a report on the alleged attack from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Prakash was reportedly called for a meeting around midnight on Monday where Kejriwal along with his deputy Manish Sisodia and 10 to 12 MLAs was present. The meeting was on "some advertisements by the Delhi government which were in violation of the Supreme Court's guidelines".

The chief minister's office (CMO), however, has dismissed the accusation of Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash being assaulted last night as "bizarre and baseless" and also said the meet was on "faulty implementation" of Aadhaar that "deprived about 2.5 lakh families of ration".


Delhi Chief Secretary calls it a 'premeditated conspiracy'

Anshu Prakash alleged that as the meeting started, one of AAP MLAs slammed the door shut, and he was made to sit between MLA Amanatullah Khan and another MLA on a three-seater sofa. "CM directed me to answer the MLAs and explain the reasons for the delay in the release of the TV campaign. I explained to them that officers were bound by guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court," he said in the complaint. [READ FULL REPORT HERE]

FIR filed by Chief Secretary

The Delhi Police has filed an FIR on a complaint from Anshu Prakash under various sections, including 120B (criminal conspiracy), 186 (obstructing a public servant from performing the duty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342, 504, 506(2) & 120b & 34. and 353 (assault on public servant) against AAP’s Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan and others. (ANI)

AAP leader asks how mob was allowed inside Secretariat

AAP leaders Aashish Khetan and minister Imran Hussain at a press conference (AAP | Twitter Photo)

AAP alleges minister assaulted in Secretariat

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was mobbed by over a hundred officials and staff. AAP leader Aashish Khetan tweeted that he was attacked too.

Officials and staff of the Delhi government raised slogans and prevented Hussain from taking the elevator to his 6th floor office at the secretariat this afternoon. The minister later filed a complaint with the IP Estate Police Station alleging that he was assaulted.

BJP VS Congress

The BJP demanded Arvind Kejriwal's resignation while the Congress termed the incident an "administrative and constitutional crisis", and sought an apology from the chief minister. [READ FULL REPORT]

AAP retaliates

Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma denied the allegation saying the Chief Secretary was making false accusations at the behest of the BJP. 

Sharma said during a meeting at Kejriwal's residence on the "faulty implementation" of Aadhaar that "deprived about 2.5 lakh families of ration", the Chief Secretary refused to answer questions saying he was not answerable to MLAs or the Chief Minister but only to the Lt. Governor. 

"He even used bad language against some MLAs and left without answering any questions.

"If the Chief Secretary can make such wild allegations, one can imagine the kind of obstacles that are being created in AAP government's work by BJP through the officers."

BJP attacks Kejriwal

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, alleged that Kejriwal "in his dictatorial style" called the Chief Secretary at midnight on Monday and "berated" him in front of his MLAs. 

Gupta said Kejriwal was "drunk on power" and his concern was only about why more funds were not dispersed for advertisements. "Such is the state of affairs under AAP."

"In total, nine AAP MLAs were present at the CM's residence when the Chief Secretary was assaulted. They represent people of Delhi but are nothing short of urban naxalites. How utterly disgusting behaviour," he said. 

MHA seeks report on incident

"I am deeply pained by the happenings involving the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government. The civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear," Home minister Rajnath Singh tweeted. He sought a report from Delhi L-G Anil Baijal.

Government office employees threaten to go on strike

The Delhi Government Employees Welfare Association (DGEWA) demanded action against the accused AAP MLAs who "manhandled" and "mistreated" the top bureaucrat.

DGEWA President D.N. Singh said the association met the Lt. Governor regarding the issue. He said members of the group would go to offices but won't work till action is taken against those who assaulted the bureaucrat.

IAS bodies condemn attack

IAS Association Secretary, Manisha Saxena, complained to Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, claiming that the attack on Monday night was a "planned criminal conspiracy" against the top bureaucrat. "For the past couple of years, officers have been insulted and humiliated in public. The attack on the Chief Secretary is an attempt to intimidate the bureaucracy to toe the line of the powers that be."

Manisha Saxena and other IAS officers at the LG's office | PTI

She also said the officers would work on Tuesday with a black band as a mark of protest and that the association has also filed a police complaint.

Anshu Prakash's complaint letter to Delhi Police

(With inputs from ANI, IANS and PTI)

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