New Delhi, Feb 24: The controversy over the alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash reached the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday evening. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and a few of his Cabinet colleagues met the Delhi LG to discuss the controversy which has now developed into a full scale war between bureaucrats and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.
Following the closed door meeting, LG Anil Baijal took to Twitter to condemn the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash while sending out a strong message to the Kejriwal-led AAP government.
“Met Hon’ble CM Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues. Strongly condemn the recent unfortunate incidents. Advised elected Government to take steps to remove mistrust with Government employees so that development of Delhi is not affected. No place for violence in democracy,” Baijal said. (Also Read: Aise Adhikariyo ko Thokna Chahiye: AAP MLA’s Controversial Remark Over Alleged Assault on Delhi Chief Secretary)
CM Kejriwal too used the micro blogging site to inform what transpired during his meeting with the Delhi LG. Kejriwal said Baijal assured him that every possible step will be taken for smooth functioning of government departments.
“Officers not attending meetings for last 3 days. Governance suffering. I am very concerned. LG assured he will take all steps to ensure officers started functioning normally. Council of ministers assured him all cooperation. All of us need to work together for betterment of Delhi,” Kejriwal said.
Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash had alleged that he was manhandled by two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs during a late night meeting on Monday. The assault, Prakash claims, took place in the presence of CM Kejriwal.
CM Kejriwal’s adviser VK Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.
A Delhi court had earlier in the day sent the two to judicial custody for 14 days.
Earlier today, a team of Delhi Police ‘raided’ CM Kejriwal’s Civil Lines house to review footage of CCTVs.
A senior police officer said they would go about the investigation based on the coverage by cameras installed in the corridor and added that seven of the 21 CCTV cameras in the house were not functioning. (Also Read: Delhi Chief Secretary Assault Case: Show Same Zeal in Judge Loya Case, Kejriwal Tells Cops)
“Going by the coverage by CCTV cameras outside the drawing room and in the corridor, we will try to understand the movement of people before and after the incident,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Harendra Kumar Singh said.
“The time of cameras at the Chief Minister’s residence was running behind by 40.43 minutes,” he said, adding that hard disks of the cameras have been seized.