Delhi Chief Secretary Anshul Praksah ‘assault’ case’: ‘Premeditated AAP attack, a conspiracy’, says top official

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New Delhi | Updated: February 21, 2018 10:49:17 AM

Delhi deadlock LIVE Updates: Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly "assaulted" at the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal by two AAP MLAs. The alleged incident has pitted Delhi government officers against the Kejriwal government.

anshu prakash arvind kejriwalDelhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash has alleged he was assaulted by two AAP MLAs on Monday night.

AAP Vs Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash LIVE updates: Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly “assaulted” at the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal by two AAP MLAs on Monday night. Delhi CM Kejriwal’s office has, however, denied reports of assault and said the chief secretary is acting at the behest of the BJP. The said MLAs have also denied the allegation. The Delhi IAS association in the national capital today met Delhi L-G Anil Baijal in this regard. The chief secretary is also reportedly mulling to file an FIR. The alleged incident may turn into another faceoff between the AAP and the BJP, which is ruling at the Centre.

Check AAP Vs Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash LIVE updates:

9.28 pm: Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash says “attack” on him was “premeditated” and a “conspiracy”.

9.25 pm: “All three associations- IAS, DANICS and DASS – members have decided not to attend any meeting called by Delhi Government till apology is tendered from CM Kejriwal and action is taken against the MLAs involved,” reports ANI.

7.07 am: Yogi Adityanath reacts: “What happened is unfortunate & sad, running a govt is team work no one can have a monopoly in it, you cannot make anyone sign anything forcefully. The way AAP is working is not how a govt is run, they are working like a ‘giroh’.”

6.50 pm: FIR lodged! Alleged assault of #Delhi Chief Secy Anshu Prakash – FIR lodged under Sections 186 (obstructing a public servant from performing the duty), 353 (assaulting a public servant), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342, 504, 506(2) & 120b & 34, reports ANI

5.50 pm: BJP workers protest near Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence over the alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

5.18 pm: Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit reacts, “Sad situation when the Chief Secretary is being manhandled by MLAs, it is totally unacceptable and very very wrong, makes it worse if the CM was present there. CM himself has been a civil servant, did he ever do this? Or what if this happened to him? Shameful.”

5.08 pm: READ – Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash’s complaint to police.

anshu prakash complaintCopy of Anshu Prakash’s police complaint. (ANI)

5.05 pm: 12.12 pm: Congress leader Sandip Dikshit also reacted to the alleged attack on Delhi Chief Secretary: “It (the incident) clarifies how AAP is involved in malpractices and corruption. If something good happens Kejriwal and his MLAs take credit and if it’s something bad onus falls on government. Is tarah se haathapaai karna! Koi gundagardi hai kya?.”

5.02 pm: Attacking Kejriwal government, Delhi Congress chief jay Maken tweeted, “Kejriwal should apologise for this hooliganism which took place before him. AAP Govt is unable to deliver-Beating of Chief Secretary by MLAs in front of CM is another low & is aimed to divert attention from Govt failures! AAP does not know Governance and has failed miserably,” Maken tweets.

4.59 pm: Earlier in the day, Delhi Government Employee Union met Delhi L-G Anil Baijal. The union slammed Kejriwal and sought the resignation of the accused MLAs who allegedly assaulted the chief secretary.

4.16 pm: AAP leader on the alleged attack on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash: “It was a riot like situation, a crowd had gathered who became violent and even raised slogans, we don’t know who they were. Everything is on CCTV, will be clear from it. Police were mute spectators.”

4.15 pm: AAP is holding a press conference in Delhi.

4.10 pm: AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal tells ANI, “We had asked him about an area where ppl were not getting basic facilities like medicine, the Chief Secy suddenly shouted ‘maine Daliton ki thekedaari nahi le rakhi hai’, his temper was high. He said ‘you are not fit to be MLA, I will only reply to LG’. We have lodged a complaint with SC/ST Commission against the casteist comments made by the Delhi Chief Secretary.”

3.57 pm: A senior IAS official had told PTI earlier: “There was a heated exchange at the meeting last night. During the argument, two-three AAP MLAs manhandled him… the CS’s spectacles also got broken.” The official said that the chief secretary was by Kejriwal regarding the issue of advertisements, which were not being released, as per PTI. However, the Aam Aadmi Party claimed he had been called for a discussion on rations.

3.42 pm: Centre steps in Delhi crisis! Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister condemns the attack on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash. In a series of tweets, Singh says, “I am deeply pained by the happenings involving the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government. The civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear. The MHA has sought a report on the incident from the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. Justice will be done. A delegation of IAS DANICS and Subordinate Services of Delhi Government met me today and apprised me of the prevailing situation.”

3.35 pm: In his complaint, chief secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he took “many blows on his head” and he was in a total state of “shock”.

3.32 pm: Earlier in the day, chief secretary Anshu Prakash complained to the Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the alleged incident, say reports.

3.21 pm: BJP’s Sambit Patra tells media: “BJP condemns this incident. A constitutional crisis looms over Delhi. First time, we saw a Chief Secy being assaulted on the directions of a CM. AAP and anarchy have become synonymous. It has no relations with Constitution. Does such CM have the right to stay on his post? Such CM has no moral responsibility to stay on the post. He must resign immediately.”

Watch: Mayhem in Delhi Secretariat

3.19 pm: “In public interest officers & staff will continue to work in their offices. However, no officer will attend meeting beyond office hours, outside office premises, till such time effective action is taken against all people behind this incident,” IAS Association Delhi

2.52 pm: “The Associations strongly feel that above incident amounts to functional crisis and breakdown of governance and earnestly implore the Hon’ble Lt. Governor and the Govt. of India to take expeditious action against the perpetrators of the unfortunate incident,” says IAS Association Delhi.

2.45 pm: “The appalling and shocking physical assault meted out to the Head of the Administration of Delhi, in the form of blows on the head, amounting to threat to life and physical safety, is deplorable,” says IAS Association Delhi

2.45 pm: IAS, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) and Delhi Admn Subordinate Services Assoc (DASS), representing officers of Govt of NCT Delhi, condemn and protest physical assault by MLAs on Chief Secy in CM’s residence in presence and with consent of CM and Dy CM: IAS Association of Delhi’s statement

2.42 pm: Vijender Gupta, Delhi BJP leader, says, “Accused AAP MLAs must be suspended. Delhi CM and government directly responsible for this crisis. We demand strict action against the culprits. Why call an officer at 12 AM?”

2.21 pm: AAP has accused Chief Secretary of using a casteist slur. However, the CS denied this in an interview to Times Now.

2.18 pm: Union Home Ministry seeks report from Delhi L-G over the complaint by IAS association. AAP to hold press conference at 4 pm.

2.12 pm:  Chief secretary Anshu Prakash to file FIR against two AAP MLA, says reports.

2.08 pm: Kapil Mishra says, “Delhi is facing constitutional crisis and a collapse of government machinery. This is unprecedented, CM calls the Chief Secretary and gets him assaulted. People of Delhi are paying for blame game politics Amanatullah is facing criminal charges. Some AAP MLAs may get arrested.”

1.59 pm: Ashish Khetan – “A mob of 150 -200 people had assembled in the delhi secretariat which is unusual
Police need to investigate who these people are.”

1.48 pm: “Met L-G and put forward our concerns. Chief Secretary was called for a meeting late at night. CM, Dy CM, and MLAs were there, when CS reached he was roughed up. Since few years such things have been happening, officers have been insulted and humiliated,” says Manisha Saxena, IAS Association secretary.

1.46 pm: AAP’s Ashish Khaitan called PCR (Police Control Room), alleges he was manhandled at Delhi Secretariat. Police have reached the spot.

Scene inside Delhi secretariat on Tuesday. (ANI)

1.34 pm: Amanatullah Khan of AAP says: “BJP is behind this game and using the chief secretary to propagate its agenda. All allegations are baseless. How can a CM call a chief secretary at his residence and get him assaulted? The chief secretary had left the meeting. He was not assaulted.”

1.26 pm: Ajay Maken says, “It will be a very dangerous situation if Delhi goes towards administrative paralysis. LG should immediately meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Confidence should be restored among administrative officers.

1.15 pm: Manisha Saxena, Secretary IAS Association, tells reporters: “We have expressed deep concerns to LG on the incident that happened yesterday. We have asked LG to take strong action. There is a criminal conspiracy to assault Delhi’s Chief Secretary. We will continue to work for the welfare of Delhi’s public. We will work with a black badge.”

1.13 pm: IAS officers to meet Home Minister at 3.00 pm.

1.09 pm: Ajay Maken says, “I know at least 12 officers who want transfers outside Delhi. There is constitutional and governance crisis in Delhi.”

1.07 pm: Ajay Maken holds a press conference. Attacks AAP government.

12.54 pm: Ashish Khetan’s PSO also reportedly attacked by Babus at Delhi Secretariat.

12.51 pm: Babus on strike! “We are going on a strike with immediate effect, we are with our Chief Secretary until they (those at fault) are not arrested we will not get back (to work).We have urged LG to take legal action be taken against those responsible. This is like a constitutional crisis, never seen such a thing happen in the past many years,” says DN Singh, Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services President on alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secy Anshu Prakash

12.47 pm: BREAKING! AAP leader Ashish Khetan reportedly thrashed by babus and officials at Delhi Secretariat.

12.32 pm: Counter Complaint? AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal tells Times Now that a racist slur was used against him at the CM’s residence by the chief secretary.

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