Delhi standoff: HC asks who authorised Arvind Kejriwal's sit-in at L-G Baijal's office, says strike to be outside establishment

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Aam Aadmi Party-led party Delhi government who authorised the sit-in by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and some of his cabinet colleagues at the Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal's office and observed that strikes are usually held "outside an establishment or office and not inside".

File photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

File photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

The observation by a bench of Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla came during the hearing of two petitions, one against the sit-in by Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal and the other against the alleged strike by the IAS officers of Delhi government.

"Who authorised the strike/dharna (sit-in by Kejriwal)? You are sitting inside the LG's office. If it's a strike, it has to be outside the office," the court told lawyers appearing for the Delhi government in the two matters. When a lawyer described it as "an individual decision", the court responded: "Is it authorised?" reported NDTV.

Apart from the two petitions, a separate plea was moved by Leader of Opposition in the Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta against the sit-in by Kejriwal at Lt Governor Anil Baijal's office.

The matters are likely to be heard on June 22. The court said the association representing the IAS officers should also be made a party in the matter.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders are demanding the Lt Governor's intervention to stop what they believe is a strike by bureaucrats and implement the government's initiative of delivering rations at the doorsteps of beneficiaries.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jun 18, 2018 14:40 PM

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