New Delhi, Feb 20: The Delhi bureaucrats on Tuesday demanded an apology from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the alleged manhandling of Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by a group of AAP MLAs. Three associations IAS, DANICS and DASS have decided not to attend any meeting called by Delhi government until apology is tendered from chief minister and action is taken against the MLAs involved. Also Read - Delhi Traffic Alert: Ghazipur, Singhu, Harewali Among Others Shut For Traffic Movement | Check Advisory Here
Earlier in the day, people had a tough time in getting their job done in several departments as most of the officials boycotted their work in protest. At the secretariat, more than 200 government employees did not work demanding the arrest of those who attacked the chief secretary, a top bureaucrat in the national capital. Also Read - Delhi Adarsh Nagar Chain Snatching-Murder: Police Mulling Separate Snatching Law With Enhanced Punishment
According to other media, around 7000 staff boycotted their work in support of Prakash. However, Delhi police has filed an FIR in the case. “We have registered a case where it is said that yesterday late night Chief Secretary was called at the Chief Minister’s residence where some MLAs were also present and Chief Secretary was assaulted. Investigation has begun,” Delhi Police Spokesperson Deependra Pathak said. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Election 2021: DMK-Congress Finalise Seat-sharing Pact. Congress Given 25 Seats, to Fight Kanyakumari By-poll
Prakash was allegedly manhandled by a few Aam Aadmi Party MLAs at the chief minister’s residence in presence of Arvind Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia. “There was a heated exchange at the meeting last night. During the argument, two or three AAP MLAs manhandled him… The CS’s spectacles also got broken,” the senior IAS officer, who did not wish to be named, claimed.
However, the chief minister’s office dismissed the accusation as “bizarre and baseless”. “The allegation of assault is totally bizarre and baseless,” a senior official in the chief minister’s office said.
The Home Ministry also sought a report from Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on an alleged assault, an official said. In a communication, the Ministry asked the L-G to submit a detailed report on the alleged attack that took place at Kejriwal’s residence on Monday.
“The Home Ministry is aware of the development and closely monitoring the situation,” the official said.
Chief Secretary (CS) Prakash was manhandled by a few AAP MLAs at Kejriwal’s residence, an IAS officer alleged today.
After the incident, Prakash met Baijal and apprised him of the incident, the IAS officer added.