Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
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Delhi bureaucrats demand Arvind Kejriwal's apology

Delhi bureaucrats demand Arvind Kejriwal's apology

Noting that the Chief Secretary's medico-legal report said he was assaulted after midnight, he said the CCTV footage from outside Kejriwal residence showed the top bureaucrat made the exit at 11.30 pm. While Jarwal, an MLA from Deoli, was arrested on Tuesday night, Khan was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon. AAP party has also alleged that the Chief Secretary had used abusive words during the meeting. "CS [the Chief Secretary] refused to answer questions saying he was not answerable to MLAs and CM and that he was answerable only to [the] LG [Lieutenant-Governor]".

Airing a similar view, the Andhra Pradesh IAS Officers Association said the assault on chief secretary was not only a criminal act but also an attack on the independence and neutrality of the civil service.

No action has been taken on Jarwal's complaint against the chief secretary for allegedly using derogatory and casteist remarks against him and another MLA, he added.

The Delhi High Court bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on Thursday (February 22) resumed hearing in the disqualification of AAP MLAs case. Police said he was only being questioned to help with the probe as he was present during the incident. His plea that the meeting be held the next day was disregarded.

In view of allegations of assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and Delhi minister Imran Hussain's aide in two separate incidents, medical examination reports revealed injuries on both persons.

The IRS Association said "it is a matter of deep concern if such an episode can happen with such an senior officer in the presence of the chief minister". While the police probe is on, CM Arvind Kejriwal, if he wishes his government to retain credibility, must lose no time in instituting an inquiry at his level, and punishing all those errant. And thus it was a fully planned strategy of the AAP to divert the attention of people from their failures. The officials said that Prakash's spectacles were also broken during the heated exchange.

An uneasy calm prevailed at Delhi secretariat on Wednesday, a day after bureaucrats chose to maintain only written communication with the political executive.

'When we can get the work done from these officials with dignity, why cannot the Kejriwal government?

Informed sources told IANS that as far as they knew, Indian Administrative Service officers did not have any meetings at all with Delhi Ministers on Wednesday, going by their decision.

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