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AAP vs chief secretary updates: Ashish Khetan blames BJP for ruckus at Secretariat

Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Monday evening, media reports have said

FP Staff February 20, 2018 18:32:12 IST
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AAP vs chief secretary updates: Ashish Khetan blames BJP for ruckus at Secretariat

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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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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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Feb 23, 2018 - 18:16 (IST)

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Feb 23, 2018 - 18:06 (IST)

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Feb 23, 2018 - 17:50 (IST)

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Feb 23, 2018 - 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.

Feb 23, 2018 - 17:36 (IST)

Manish Sisodia addresses press conference

Feb 23, 2018 - 17:22 (IST)

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Feb 23, 2018 - 17:09 (IST)

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

Feb 23, 2018 - 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

Feb 23, 2018 - 16:57 (IST)

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

Feb 23, 2018 - 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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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.

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