New Delhi, Feb 26: An FIR was registered against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Naresh Balyan on Saturday for allegedly making a provocative speech against bureaucrats. The Delhi Police booked Naresh Balyan for saying that officers obstructing public work “should be beaten up”. The AAP legislator made the controversial remark in reference to the alleged assault of Delhi Cheif Secretary Anshu Prakash by his party MLAs at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. Also Read - Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain Tests Negative For COVID, to be Discharged Today
“Whatever happened to the Chief Secretary (Anshu Prakash)… I say they should be beaten up, they should be thrashed… whoever obstructs the work being done for the common man, should be meted out the same treatment,” Naresh Balyan, a legislator from Uttam Nagar, said at a public rally on Friday last week. CM Arvind Kejriwal was also present at the event. The FIR was registered at the Dabri police station in west Delhi. Also Read - Feeling Much Better And Stronger, Tweets AAP Leader Atishi Who Tested COVID-19 Positive
The AAP MLA faces charges of “threat to public servants, making statements conducive to public mischief, abetting of an offence and obstructing public servants from performing their duties”, according to a report. “My contention was that the people should be given ration on the basis of their ration cards and that people have the right to beat up officials obstructing its implementation,” Balyan told IANS in his defence. Also Read - 'People Say Won't Get Tested For Coronavirus': AAP MLA Raghav Chadha on Delhi L-G's Institutional Isolation Order
Balyan has been booked under sections 189, 505, 116, 186 and 353 of IPC. However, he is yet to be arrested. Accusing the Delhi Police of working under Bharatiya Janata Party’s control, AAP Delhi’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “Video evidence is also available for IAS officers who have beaten state ministers and the Delhi Dialogue Commission vice-chairman. Why is there not a single arrest? Is it not politics?
AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, who were arrested for allegedly assaulting Chief Secretary, were sent to 14-days judicial custody in Tihar Jail by a Delhi court. The top government official alleged that he was beaten up by two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting. However, the AAP said that the chief secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP.