AAP vs bureaucrats: Delhi Chief Secretary's medical report confirms facial injuries

Anshu Prakash

Delhi CS alleges assault by MLAs; another AAP-Centre face-off in the offing

Two AAP lawmakers, Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan, were arrested following the alleged incident.

"One AAP MLA Prakash Jharwal has been arrested by Delhi Police on a frivolous complaint by IAS", AAP chief Spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said in a tweet.

The AAP government said that an emergency meeting was convened on the intervening night of 19-20 February to address the issue of 250,000 families who were deprived of food rations last month due to allegedly faulty implementation of Aadhaar.

Mr Prakash had lodged a complaint that the two AAP MLAs had assaulted him while he was seated on a sofa during the Monday night meeting.

Jarwal and another MLA, Ajay Dutt, has accused the chief secretary of using a caste slur but Delhi police - which report to the Centre - have so far not registered an FIR on their complaints. Staff at the deputy CM's office said he had been working and meeting officers from the education and Value-Added Tax departments.

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She also said that the association will meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh and President Ram Nath Kovind to highlight the issue.

Citing examples of Gujarat's Una and Rajasthan's Pehlu Khan's case, Singh said under the BJP's rule in various states, Dalits and Muslims were becoming victims of communal violence. "Delhi CM office strongly denies allegations by the Chief Secretary".

He said there was a possibility of assault on the chief secretary by someone after he left Kejriwal's residence or he could have fallen.

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The confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the bureaucracy in Delhi could not have got uglier.

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There are around 70 IAS officers and 400 Delhi and Andaman Nicobar Island Civil Services officers working with the Delhi government.

AAP leader Ashish Khetan alleged that he too was manhandled by the same crowd, and claimed that the Delhi Police did not try to intervene.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the Chief Secretary's allegations were "bizarre". It's a criminal, cowardly & deplorable act and an assault on the Constitution.

Meanwhile, IAS association is Delhi on Tuesday held a candle light protest march at Raj Ghat against the alleged man handling of the Delhi CS. "It will be a very risky situation if Delhi goes towards administrative paralysis", he said.

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