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AAP vs chief secretary updates: Ashish Khetan blames BJP for ruckus at Secretariat
  • 18:16 (IST)

    AAP shares toon on current Delhi crisis

  • 18:06 (IST)

    AAP says list of bureaucrats who haven't been attending meetings submitted to L-G

  • 17:50 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal tweets over bureaucrats' protest after meeting with L-G

  • 17:40 (IST)

    L-G assured to talk to officers over matter, says Manish Sisodia

    "Arvind Kejriwal informed L-G how bureaucrats are striking work completely. We have asked whatever is necessary for Delhi. Kejriwal and other ministers said that we will ensure that no untoward incident takes place. We will take whatever step is necessary. The way L-G assured, I think he is viewing the matter from the point of view of entire Delhi," says Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

  • 17:36 (IST)

    Manish Sisodia addresses press conference

  • 17:22 (IST)

    Have advised Arvind Kejriwal Cabinet to take steps to remove mistrust among govt employees, says L-G Anil Baijal

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal arrives at L-G Anil Baijal's home

  • 17:03 (IST)

    Council of ministers arrive at L-G residence in Delhi for meeting; Satyendra Jain, Manish Sisodia among those present, reports CNN-News18

  • 16:57 (IST)

    AAP leader Atishi Marlena speaks on the alleged assault of Anshu Prakash at Arvind Kejriwal's residence

  • 16:39 (IST)

    Union minister Jitendra Singh assures 'necessary steps' by Centre in Delhi chief secretary assault case

    A delegation of IAS officers working under the Delhi government met Union minister Jitendra Singh on Friday and put forward their grievances following the alleged attack on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash.

    "We have heard the members of the delegation. We took cognisance of all the grievances and concerns raised by them and necessary steps would be taken on it," Singh told reporters after the meeting.

    He said the officers wanted to officially register their grievances with the personnel ministry, which is the cadre controlling authority of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

    Delhi IAS officers association secretary Manisha Saxena said the minister has assured full cooperation. "He said he is overseeing the developments, and action, as per the law, will be taken. He said they will take every step to protect and uphold the dignity of the civil servants," Saxena said.

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  • 16:28 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal to address media after meeting L-G at 5 pm, reports CNN-News18

  • 16:23 (IST)

    An MLA would only assault a bureaucrat when he wants to make him do something wrong, Congress' Ajay Maken tells CNN-News18

  • 16:18 (IST)

    IAS officers' delegation says won't attend L-G meet with Arvind Kejriwal, reports India Today

  • 16:14 (IST)

    Search at Delhi CM's house: 7 CCTV cameras found not working 

    Delhi Police, which searched Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Friday for CCTV footages in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, said no cameras were installed in the room where the incident reportedly took place.

    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.

    "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 had been seized.


  • 16:08 (IST)

    AAP slams Delhi Police over raid at Arvind Kejriwal's house

    Soon after the Delhi Police raided Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence to look for evidence in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by AAP legislators, party leaders slammed the police in a press conference.

    AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that only on the basis of a person's account, the Delhi Police has arrested two legislators and reached the chief minister's place. He also asked if the Delhi Police is dancing to the tunes of the BJP.

    Party leader Ashutosh said that the aim of the Delhi Police was only to humiliate.

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  • 15:51 (IST)

    Court rejects bail plea of Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal

  • 15:49 (IST)

    Delhi L-G meets AD DCP North before meeting AAP MLAs, reports CNN-News18

  • 15:26 (IST)

    AAP MLA Naresh Balyan says babus who don't work should be beaten up

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Delhi L-G to meet AAP MLAs at 5 pm on Friday, reports CNN-News18

  • 18:11 (IST)

    Amantullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal sent to judicial custody for 14 days

  • 20:09 (IST)

    Copy of FIR filed over alleged manhandling of Delhi chief secretary at Arvind Kejriwal's residence

  • 20:07 (IST)

    Delhi Police says two cases registered in matter

  • 20:01 (IST)

    CCTV footage from Arvind Kejriwal's residence 

    Video procured by Pallavi Rebbapragada

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath slams AAP govt

  • 18:50 (IST)

    Visuals from IAS officers' protest in Rajghat

  • 18:43 (IST)

    Details of FIR lodged by Anshu Prakash

  • 18:24 (IST)

    Delhi BJP workers protest outside Arvind Kejriwal's residence

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Ashish Khetan says Thursday's events against AAP orchestrated by BJP

  • 18:19 (IST)

    Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash's letter to Delhi Police (5/5)

    "5. I request you to take action as per law as the assault was premeditated and in conspiracy of all present with intention to criminally intimidate, cause hurt with motive to deter me from discharge of my lawful duty and compel me to follow unlawful directions. None of the persons present in the room made any effort to save me."

  • 18:18 (IST)

    Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash's letter to Delhi Police (4/5)

    "4. The MLAs started shouting at me and abused me while blaming me and the bureaucracy for not doing enough for publicity of the government. One MLA, whom I can identify threatened that I will be confined in the room entire night unless I agree to release TV campaign. A threat was made that I will be implicated in false cases including under the SC/ST Act. The MLAs whom I can identify became more aggressive and abusive extending threat to my life. Then suddenly Amanatullah Khan, MLA and the person/MLA on my left side, whom I can identify, without any provocation from my side, started hitting and assaulting me and hit several blows with fists on my head and temple. My spectacles fell on the ground. I was in a state of shock. With difficulty I was able to leave the room and get into my official car and leave the chief minister's residence. At no stage did I retaliate or provoke any person in the room despite confinement, criminal intimidation by extending threat to my life, and assault by several MLAs while I was discharging my official duties."

  • 18:17 (IST)

    Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash's letter to Delhi Police (3/5)

    "3. On my arrival at chief minister's residence, I met Sri VK Jain, Advisor to Chief Minister, and thereafter both of us were taken to the front room where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and around 11 MLA’s/persons were present. The chief minister told me that persons present in the room was MLAs and they had come to ask him about government’s publicity program on completion of three years. One of the MLAs firmly shut the door of the room. I was made to sit in between Amanatullah Khan and another person/MLA on a 3-seater sofa. The chief minister directed me to answer the MLAs and explain the reason for the delay in release of the TV campaign. I explained to them that the officers were bound by the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court and advertisement to be released must be in consonance with the said guidelines."

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash's letter to Delhi Police (2/5)

    "2. Advisor to the Chief Minister again called me around 11.20 pm to confirm that I have left for chief minister's residence for the meeting. Thereafter I left my residence in my official car and driver along with my PSO and reached chief minister's residence at midnight."

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash's letter to Delhi Police (1/5)

    "1. On Thursday, i.e on 19 February, I was informed on the telephone around 8.45 pm by Advisor to Chief Minister VK Jain that I have to reach Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence at midnight to discuss with chief minster and his deputy the issue of difficulty in release of certain TV advertisement relating to completion of 3 three years of current government in Delhi. I suggested that the meeting could be held on 20 February morning. However it was reiterated by Advisor to Chief Minister at 9 pm and again at around 10 pm that the meeting has been scheduled by the chief minister at midnight. Prior to this message from Advisor to Chief Minister, and the deputy chief minister had also called me around 6.55 pm and had informed if the matter of release of TV advertisement is not resolved by evening, I should reach chief miniserresidence at midnight to discuss the issue. I had already explained to the deputy chief minister earlier that any advertisement to be released should not be in contravention of Supreme Court guidelines."

  • 18:07 (IST)

    Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit slams AAP over the alleged manhandling of chief secretary

  • 17:26 (IST)

    Exclusive details from chief secy's letter; 'AAP MLA rained blows on my head, left me in state shock'

  • 17:01 (IST)

    AAP questions discrimination by Centre

    At a press conference, the Aam Aadmi Party leaders said that the CCTV footage from Arvind Kejriwal's residence shows that Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash left the premises without showing signs that he was attacked. "It is clearly seen in the footage that one of our leaders went after Prakash, requesting him to come back to the meeting," they said.

    AAP leader Atishi Marlena said that Delhi Cabinet minister Imran Hussain was given the date of 23 February by Rajnath Singh's offfice when he tried to fix a meeting with him. "Why are we being discriminated against," she asked.

  • 16:52 (IST)

    AAP leader Ashish Khetan say 'busy' Rajnath Singh won't be able to meet him

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    Ashish Khetan says AAP leaders being threatened over law and order

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Ashish Khetan slams Rajnath Singh for tweeting in support of chief secretary 

  • 16:26 (IST)

    AAP leader Imran Hussain files complaint after being assaulted by mob in Delhi Secretariat

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    Ashish Khetan says riot-like situation in Delhi Secretariat

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    AAP MLA says complaint lodged against Anshu Prakash over remarks against Dalits

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    Watch: IAS Association chief says Rajnath Singh gave delegation 'sympathetic hearing'

    Speaking to CNN-News18, Manisha Saxena said that Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash narrated the incident to Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the meeting. "We have decided to stage a candle march at 6.30 pm at Rajghat on Tuesday. The officers will not strike work," she said.

  • 15:59 (IST)

    AAP hits out at Rajnath Singh over tweet condemning AAP-chief secretary row

  • 15:53 (IST)

    Delhi Subordinate Services president says won't resume work until govt acts

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh 'deeply pained' by AAP-chief secretary row

  • 15:41 (IST)

    AAP leader Ashish Khetan asks how mob of 200 people gathered inside Delhi Secretariat

    Following reports of a mob gathering in the Delhi Secretariat, AAP leader Ashish Khetan told CNN-News18 that he managed to escape the crowd which was shouting, "Maaro Maaro". "How did a mob of 200 gather inside Delhi Secretariat," he asked.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Watch: Mob gathers inside Delhi Secretariat

  • 15:25 (IST)

    Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash lodges complaint to Delhi DCP, reports CNN-News18

  • 15:23 (IST)

    MoS Ram Kripal Yadav condemns 'reprehensible act'

LIVE updates: At a press briefing, the Aam Aadmi Party hit out at Union minister Rajnath Singh for coming in support of Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash. Singh had met Prakash and a delegation of IAS officers and had later tweeted that civil servants "should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear."

Hours after the alleged assault against Prakash, India Today is quoting AAP sources as saying that bureaucrats assaulted AAP leader Ashish Khetan inside the secretariat. Delhi Congress' Ajay Maken has asked Arvind Kejriwal to apologise for the "hooliganism" and urged the chief minister to apologise.

Calling the assault on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash a constitutional crisis, the IAS Association members have decided to be on "hartal" with immediate effect to protest against the two AAP MLAs who allegedly assaulted Prakash at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Monday evening, CNN-News18 reported on Tuesday.

"The assault on the chief secretary is a constitutional crisis. if the chief secretary can be assaulted then we are also unsafe. We are on 'hartal' with immediate effect," the IAS association said while adding that they will soon meet Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to file a complaint against the MLAs.

CNN-News18 reported that Prakash had complained to the L-G that two Aam Aadmi Party MLAs physically assaulted him. The Delhi Police said it had not yet received any complaint about the incident. Meanwhile, India Today reported that Prakash will also be filing an FIR against the two MLAs. Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was one of the two leaders named by the chief secretary in his complaint letter to the L-G, the report mentioned. However, the channel also reported that Aam Aadmi Party and the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) have denied the incident took place, and called the accusations "bizarre". The party also tweeted its response, dismissing Prakash's charges. AAP said that the MLAs were gathered at Kejriwal's residence to discuss the ration crisis emerging out of the faulty implementation of Aadhaar. However, the AAP claimed that Prakash refused to answer the questions posed by the MLAs and stormed out of the meeting after abusing them. The statement posted by AAP also alleged that Prakash was working at the behest of the BJP. The party also alleged that Prakash misbehaved with the MLAs and used a casteist slur against them.

Mayank Gandhi, former AAP leader, was quoted by the channel as saying it's a "natural progression" of the situation. "Considering the confrontational attitude taken up by both sides and the vicious atmosphere that this created, this was a natural consequence," he said. "However, this is a shocking incident and there needs to be a quick investigation and swift action taken against those found guilty," he added.

Reacting to the incident, Delhi BJP leader Manoj Tiwari demanded a high-level inquiry against Kejriwal and asked for strict action against him. He added that the two AAP MLAs need to be suspended from the Assembly, CNN-News18 reported.

Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 18:16:32 IST