Delhi Chief Secretary assault case: Anshu Prakash lodges complaint against 11 AAP MLAs, FIR filed against Okhla lawmaker

21 February 2018, 01:46 PM
Anshu Prakash lodges complaint against 11 AAP MLAs, FIR filed against Okhla lawmaker (Source: PTI)
Anshu Prakash lodges complaint against 11 AAP MLAs, FIR filed against Okhla lawmaker (Source: PTI)

The power tussle between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and bureaucrats turned ugly on Tuesday after Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash claimed that he was physically assaulted by two AAP MLAs in presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The top bureaucrat of Delhi was allegedly manhandled by at least two AAP MLAs while a meeting on the door-to-door delivery of essential government services was in progress.

 However, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, terming the Chief Secretary’s allegations as ‘ludicrous’ accused Prakash of working on “BJP’s behest”.

“There was no incident of assault or attempted assault by any AAP MLAs. The Chief Secretary refused to answer questions saying he was answerable only to LG and not CM and MLAs. He used bad language,” the Aam Aadmi Party said in its statement.

Meanwhile, political rivals have trained their guns at Kejriwal govt with Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken terming the incident as AAP’s new low demanded Chief Minister’s apology.

Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services President DN Singh announced a strike with immediate effect and said they will not go to work until those at fault are not arrested.

After Anshu Prakash, AAP's Ashish Khetan also claimed that a mob shouting pro-BJP slogans manhandled him at the Delhi Secretariat while Delhi police remained a mute spectator and didn't intervene.

"There was a mob, unruly and aggressive - they ran towards me shouting pro-BJP slogans ..my staff members have been hurt. Lodged a complaint with Daryaganj PS....Delhi police staff did not intervene," Khetan said.

Here are the updates:

# 8:00 PM: The Delhi Police filed an FIR against AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan under IPC Sections including 120B (criminal conspiracy), 186 (obstructing a public servant from performing the duty) and 353 (assault on public servant.

# 7:20 PM : Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash lodged an compalaint against AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan and 10 other MLAs.

# 04: 27 PM | AAP leader Ashish Khetan : It was riot like situation. Everything is on CCTV. A violent crowd raising slogans attacked the chief secretary. We don't know who they are. Police were mute spectators.

# 04: 25 PM : AAP denies allegations

#  03: 35 PM | Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweets, "The MHA has sought a report on the incident from the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. Justice will be done. A delegation of IAS DANICS & Subordinate Services of Delhi Government met me today and apprised me of the prevailing situation."

#  03: 30 PM | Home Minister Rajnath Singh: I am deeply pained with the happening. Civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear

# Association says interest officers and staff will continue to work

# The Association says functional crisis on behalf of the AAP party

# IAS officers go on strike over Delhi Chief Secretary's assault

# BJP member Manoj Tiwari says CM Arvind Kejriwal should resign

# Former AAP MLA Kapil Mishra backs the Delhi Chief Secretary

# BJP's Satish Upadhyay asks why the CM and his people are not being arrested

# AAP MLA Ajay Dutt files an FIR against the Delhi Chief Secretariat

# The leaders of Aam Aadmi Party will meet at 4 pm today

# Delhi Police reaches the Secretariat

# After Anshu Prakash, AAP's Ashish Khetan claimed he was manhandled at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday

Manisha Saxena, Secretary of Indian Administrative Services, said, "Met LG & put forward our concerns. Chief Secy was called for a meeting late at night; CM, Dy CM & MLAs were there, when CS reached he was roughed up. Since few years such things have been happening, officers have been insulted & humiliated."

# Responding to the allegations by the Chief Secretary, the Aam Aadmi Party shared a post on its Twitter handle and said that the ChieffSecretary refused to answer questions, and even used bad language against some MLAs.

# Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken took to Twitter to express his concern and said that the Delhi CM should apologise for the incident which happened in front of him, blaming the Aam Aadmi Party does not know governance.

# DN Singh, Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services President said, "We are going on a strike with immediate effect. We are with our Chief Secretary. Until those at fault are not arrested we will not get back to work. We have urged LG to take legal action against those responsible. This is like a constitutional crisis, never seen such a thing happen in the past many years."

# Kapil Mishra, AAP MLA and former minister in the Kejriwal cabinet, said, “This has never happened in the history of India. As an MLA, I am ashamed that this incident has taken place.”

# Sharmistha Mukherjee, Delhi Congress Vice-President, said, “In a democracy, we expect that all disputes will be solved by dialogue. Violence against anyone, including a senior bureaucrat, is not the way to resolve anything. There should be a thorough probe into this and if the Chief Secretary’s complaint is found to be true, the MLAs should receive tough punishment.” 

# Former AAP leader, Mayank Gandhi, said, “Considering the confrontational attitude taken up by both sides and the vicious atmosphere that this created, this was a natural consequence.”

# BJP’s Vijender Gupta took to Twitter and shared the event, reporting the whole incident as “ill-treatment”. He also conveyed that he will be meeting the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi in the afternoon on Tuesday and discuss the further course of action.

He also said that a total of nine AAP MLAs were present when the Chief Secretary was assaulted in front of CM Kejriwal.

Delhi Police, however, said it has not received any formal complaint about the incident.

First Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 01:40 PM
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