Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash has been allegedly manhandled by two MLAs of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, bureaucrats of the state government said on Tuesday.
The chief secretary could not be reached for comments. But the BJP took potshots at Kejriwal’s party, which denied the allegations and approached lieutenant governor Anil Baijal for action against Prakash’s “misconduct” at a meeting with the CM.
Signalling another possible face-off between the AAP and the state’s bureaucracy, a group of IAS officers met L-G Baijal on Tuesday and demanded that an FIR be registered and the culprits be arrested.
Kejriwal’s government has had several run-ins with the L-G’s office over the transfer of bureaucrats and the administrative control of the Capital.
The AAP said even in Monday night’s meeting Prakash said he was not answerable to the MLAs but to the L-G.
A senior bureaucrat in the government, who did not want to be named, said, “The CM had called the CS (Prakash) for a meeting at his residence on Monday evening. But two AAP MLAs abused and manhandled him, after which he left the meeting.”
DN Singh, a DANICS officer and a member of the Delhi Government Employees Welfare Association, said this was a constitutional crisis. “If the chief secretary can be attacked, we are not safe.”
Manisha Saxena, the secretary of the IAS associat...