Visibly miffed Delhi Bureaucrats would not meet or talk over phone to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his ministers or legislators till Kejriwal accepts and apologises for an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP legislators, the IAS Association said reported IANS.
Prakash on Tuesday alleged that he was beaten up by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and another party MLA, whom he can identify, in front of the Chief Minister at Kejriwal’s residence on Monday midnight, where he was called for a meeting.
“The three Associations of the Delhi government officers (IAS, DANICS and DASS) have decided that they will only maintain the formal written channels of communication with the political executive, till such time the Chief Minister admits and apologizes for the incident of physical assault on the Chief Secretary… and strong action is taken against the people responsible for it,” an official statement by the officers read.
IAS Association Secretary Manisha Saxena told news agency IANS that this meant that they would communicate with the Chief Minister, ministers and legislators or MLAs only through notes and files and not meet them or talk to them over phone.
Earlier in the day, the BJP and the Congress attacked the AAP based on the Chief Secretary’s allegations, with the BJP demanding Kejriwal’s resignation and the Congress asking for the AAP chief’s apology.
The AAP hit back by stating that the Chief Secretary was making false allegations and said he was working at the “behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)”.
Meanwhile , according to the various media reports,Delhi Police have arrested Aam Aadmi Party MLA Prakash Jarwal a few hours after chief secretary Anshu Prakash accused some ruling party lawmakers of assaulting him at the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Jarwal was arrested after he was picked up from his home in Deoli, his constituency in south Delhi.
Police also detained Kejriwal’s adviser, VK Jain, from his house in Maharani Bagh on Wednesday morning. Police said he is only being questioned to help with the probe as he was present during the incident. It was Jain who had allegedly called the chief secretary for the meeting.