Delhi chief secretary assault: Lt Governor briefs Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal during their meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. Photograph:( PTI )

PTI New Delhi, India Feb 24, 2018, 04.16 PM (IST)

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the tussle between AAP government and its bureaucracy in wake of the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by party MLAs at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, an official said.

During the 30-minute meeting, the L-G apprised the home minister on his interactions with the government's bureaucrats, which complained about the alleged high-handedness of the MLAs, and a delegation of Delhi's ruling party, which conveyed to him about the non-attendance of officers in regular meetings, the home ministry official said.

Baijal briefed Singh on the Delhi Police action following the alleged assault on Prakash, the official said.

This was for the first time that the L-G met the home minister after the incident on Monday night at Kejriwal's residence, which has created a huge controversy.

Yesterday, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir had hinted that the Delhi chief minister may be questioned by the police in connection with the alleged assault on the chief secretary.

"Whosoever it may be, the police will question all those in whose presence the incident took place," he had said.

The Delhi chief secretary was allegedly manhandled by two AAP MLAs at Kejriwal's residence. Both the MLAs were already arrested.

The incident reportedly occurred in presence of Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

Prakash was called by Kejriwal regarding the issue of advertisements, which were not being released.

However, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed he had been called for a discussion on ration distribution.

"The allegation of assault is totally bizarre and baseless," a senior official of the chief ministers office had said.

As a mark of protests, since then, the bureaucrats of the Delhi government have refused to attend meetings with the political executives and only following written instructions given in the files. 
 

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Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the tussle between AAP government and its bureaucracy in wake of the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by party MLAs at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence