New Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI) The central IAS officers’ association today termed as “criminal” the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and demanded immediate arrest of the perpetrators. Also Read - Is it Safe for 14-year-old to Terminate 26-week Pregnancy? SC asks Haryana Hospital

The association strongly condemns the assault on chief secretary, Delhi, it said. Also Read - Husband May be Brutal But Can Sexual Intercourse Between Man And Wife be Called Rape? SC Stays Arrest of Rape Accused

“It’s a criminal, cowardly and deplorable act and an assault on the Constitution. We stand by our colleagues in Delhi and demand immediate arrest of the perpetrators of such a shameful act,” said the association of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers working across the country. Also Read - Prove Corruption Charges or Face Criminal Defamation Suit, Narayanasamy Hits Back at Amit Shah

It supported a resolution of the Delhi IAS association and demanded immediate action against the perpetrators involved in the incident.

A total of 5,004 IAS officers are working across the country.

Prakash was allegedly assaulted by a few AAP MLAs at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence last night. The incident took place in the presence of the chief minister and his deputy Manish Sisodia.

The chief minister’s office has dismissed the accusation as “bizarre and baseless”.

In a statement issued jointly by the Delhi IAS association; Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Island Civil Services (DANICS) and the Delhi Administration Subordinate Services (DASS) alleged that yesterday’s meeting was called to put pressure on the chief secretary to release publicity material regarding achievements of the AAP government, in violation of the Supreme Court’s guidelines.

The incident which took place at the official residence of the chief minister clearly appears to pre-planned, pre-meditated and absolutely without any provocation on the part of the chief secretary in view of the fact that the meeting was called at midnight, according to the statement.

The Union Home Ministry has sought a report from Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on the alleged assault.

“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 said.

His comments came after meeting a delegation of IAS, DANICS and DASS officers. The delegation apprised Singh on the prevailing situation of bureaucracy in Delhi administration.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.