Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash's allegation that he was assaulted by two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence has sparked a political storm in the national capital.
Reports are now saying that Prakash has already complained to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal and is also likely to file an FIR against the two MLAs. The IAS Association members have also decided to go on strike to protest against the alleged assault and Opposition parties like Congress have asked Kejriwal to issue an apology.
Prakash, a 1986-batch IAS officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, was appointed the chief secretary of the Delhi government on 1 December last year. He was "prematurely repatriated" to his parent cadre from the Union rural development ministry, according to PTI.
He served as an additional secretary and financial advisor in the ministry. He had also earlier served as Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, in the Delhi government. He had also worked in the municipal corporation of the city.
According to Hindustan Times, Prakash had been MCD's additional commissioner (engineering), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) secretary and also the registrar of cooperative societies.
Even as Prakash alleged being attacked at Kejriwal's residence, the chief minister's office dismissed the accusation as "bizarre and baseless".
According to a top official, Prakash was called by Kejriwal regarding the issue of advertisements, which were not being released. However, AAP has claimed that Prakash had been called for a discussion on rations.
"There was a heated exchange at the meeting last night. During the argument, two-three AAP MLAs manhandled him... the CS's spectacles also got broken," alleged a senior IAS official, who did not wish to be named.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Feb 20, 2018 13:55 PM