Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash has alleged that he was assaulted at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on the evening of 19 February, News18reported. The Aam Aadmi Party and the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) have refuted the allegations that the incident took place, calling the accusations as "bizarre".
According to the News18 report, Prakash alleged that he was assaulted by Ajay Dutt and Prakash Jharwal, the report cited. However, Firstpost reports that Prakash named Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan as one of the accused in a complaint that he filed with Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal.
AAP leader Ashish Khaitan called Police Control Room (PCR), alleging he was manhandled at Delhi Secretariat, reported ANI.
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Delhi Administrative Officers to Go on Strike
Following the alleged assault of the chief secretary, officers of the Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services have decided to go on strike. The officers are demanding that LG Baijal take action against the culprits.
IAS Association Secretary Manisha Saxena said that she has met the LG and has put forward their concern, reported ANI.
"The chief secretary was called for a meeting late at night. The chief minister, his deputy and the MLAs were present. When the chief secretary reached, he was roughed up. Such incidents have been happening for the last and officers have been insulted and humiliated." - Manisha Saxena, IAS Association Secretary, to ANI
Restore Confidence Among Administrative Officers: Congress
Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken demanded that the LG Baijal must meet CM Kejriwal and restore confidence among the administrative staff.
AAP Denies Allegation
The Aam Aadmi Party, in a statement, denied that the assault had occurred.
"Chief Secy refused to answer questions saying he wasn’t answerable to MLAs & CM & that he was answerable only to LG. He used bad language against some MLAs & left without answering any questions. Now he’s making ludicrous allegations. " - AAP’s statement
However, AAP’s political rivals and former members have lashed out at the party over the incident.
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit called out the party for engaging in hooliganism. “It clarifies how AAP is involved in malpractices & corruption. If something good happens Kejriwal and his MLAs take credit & if it's something bad onus falls on government. Is tarah se haathapaai karna! Koi gundagardi hai kya? (Engaging in fist-fight. Isn’t this hooliganism?)”
"This is a serious issue, immediate investigation should take place. Whoever is found guilty should be punished." - Mayank Gandhi, Former AAP MLA told CNN-News18
“This has never happened in the history of India. As an MLA, I am ashamed that this incident has taken place,” Kapil Mishra, former Minister in the Kejriwal cabinet told News18.
This #Gundagardi by @AamAadmiParty leaders should not be taken lightly. I request Anshu Prakash Ji to file a complaint against @ArvindKejriwal and his gang. Entire Delhi stands by him to support his righteousness.
— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) February 20, 2018
(With inputs from News18, ANI)
(This is a developing story and will be updated)
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