Sources in Congress had said these MLAs had gone to the national capital to express solidarity with the Chhattisgarh chief minister.
When asked on Saturday about the MLAs' trip to Delhi, the chief minister said there is no ban on the legislators going somewhere and they are independent.
The development came amid speculation over the possibility of a leadership change in Chhattisgarh where cabinet minister T S Singh Deo is vying for the chief minister post.
While the purpose of their trip is yet to become clear, some party sources said the MLAs were visiting the national capital to express solidarity with Baghel.
The demand for a change of guard reared its head in Chhattisgarh after Baghel completed two-and-a-half years as chief minister in June 2021.
Chhattisgarh next after Punjab? Over dozen Congress MLAs reach Delhi, visit sparks leadership change speculation
However, the MLAs who have reached the national capital said their visit was linked with the proposed tour of former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to the state.
Congress MLA Shailesh Pandey called the police action "unfortunate" while adding that Pankaj Singh was implicated for his closeness to Deo.
The Congress crisis in Punjab has reignited speculation over leadership that continues to be rife in Chhattisgarh over the power-sharing formula (read rotation of chief minister).
Tension has been brewing in Chhattisgarh Congress since Singh Deo reportedly sought a change of guard citing an agreement whereby he was supposed to take over after CM Baghel finishes half-term.
Talking to reporters at the airport, Baghel said he was going to Delhi as he had been called by the party high command.
The Baghel camp hasn’t yielded yet, as a large number of MLAs on his side, including a couple of ministers and some senior leaders, flew into Delhi late Thursday evening.
Baghel had returned to Raipur from Delhi only on August 25 evening after former Congress president Rahul Gandhi held meetings with him and minister T S Singh Deo to resolve the power-sharing issue.
In an apparent show of strength, a huge crowd of supporters along with several party MLAs and some cabinet ministers welcomed Baghel as he landed at Swami Vivekanand Airport here.
During the meeting, Baghel has been told not to interfere in work handled by TS Singh Deo, who has complained that he was not even consulted in work related to his ministry.
Punia also said there was no such formula of changing chief ministers after a few years. “As Bhupesh Baghel ji also cleared, there is no such understanding or formula.