New Delhi: Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash has alleged that he was manhandled by two lawmakers of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday night at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence.
According to a report in NDTV, the top bureaucrat said that he was attacked in the presence of Kejriwal after being summoned for discussions on the government's plan to deliver key services to citizens' doorsteps.
However, the Aam Aadmi Party refuted the allegations and termed them as ‘ludicrous’.
“Chief Secretary refused to answer questions saying he wasn't answerable to MLAs and CM and that he was answerable only to LG. He used bad language against some MLAs and left without answering any questions. Now he's making ludicrous allegations,” the party said.
The party also said that the chief secretary is making such allegations on the behest of the BJP.
Prakash reportedly went straight to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's residence to complain about "misconduct and abuse" by the lawmakers, including Amanatullah Khan, a controversial politician who has been in trouble with the law in the past.
In what could lead to a major confrontation between the Delhi government and the bureaucracy, the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers' association has called an emergency meeting to discuss a response to what they call the assault on a bureaucrat. The officers' body is said to be demanding a police case against the Kejriwal and the two AAP lawmakers.
Meanwhile, AAP MLA from Devli, Prakash Jarwal, also sent a complaint to the L-G office and Delhi Police commissioner seeking action against Prakash for his conduct at the meeting, a report in Hindustan Times said.
Jarwal alleged that the chief secretary used derogatory language against him and MLA Ajay Dutt when they asked him about problems in ration delivery....