Days after being allegedly assaulted by two AAP MLAs in the presence of Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Secretary today met the CM. This was Prakash’s first official meeting with Delhi CM after the alleged assault incident. The Chief Secretary attended the Cabinet meeting called for finalising dates for Delhi Assembly Budget Session, which will start in March.
In an official letter today, Prakash had requested the CM to ensure there is “no physical attack and verbal assault” on the officers attending the Cabinet meeting.
Prakash wrote: “Since finalizing dates of the Budget Session and passing of the Budget are important for functioning of the Government. I, along with my concerned colleague officers, will be attending the said meeting. However, this is based on the assumption that the CM will ensure that there is no physical attack and verbal assault on the officers.”
“It is also hoped that in the said meeting, proper decorum will be maintained and dignity of the officers will be protected,” the Chief Secretary added. During the meeting, it was decided that the Delhi Budget Session would be held from March 16 to March 28.
On 19 February, Prakash was allegedly assaulted by some AAP MLAs. Two MLAs of Kejriwal’s party – Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal were also arrested in connection with the alleged incident.
On Tuesday, Tis Hazari court of Delhi dismissed AAP’s Prakash Jarwal bail plea.
Meanwhile, government officials, including those from IAS, DANICS, and DASS cadre, are communication only through written means with ministers since the attack on Prakash.
In another related development, a court today asked Delhi Police to file a report on a plea of Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, who sought preservation of the CCTV footage of his mobbing by officials and staff at Delhi Secretariat.
A day after the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary, Hussain was attacked by a mob at the Secretariat.
According to PTI, the court said, “An application was moved by the complainant (Hussain) today seeking directions for the preservation of CCTV footage at Delhi Secretariat capturing the incident in question. Notice be issued to SHO (station house officer) concerned with direction to file report on next date.”
Delhi Government Employees Association has denied any attack on Hussain on 20th February.