Chief Secy assault issue: LG intervenes in tussle between bureaucrats, Delhi govt

25 February 2018, 12:06 | Robert Harris

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The police team went inside the chief minister's residence only to 'humiliate and insult' Kejriwal AAP claimed

In his statement, Jain said when the meeting started, Kejriwal said that MLAs wanted to discuss certain issues but randomly all of them started questioning the chief secretary about the delay in the release of funds for AAP government's media publicity on its achievement in education and fighting corruption. AAP legislators Prakash Jarwal and Okhla MLA Amantullah Khan were arrested by the police on Wednesday in connection with the alleged assault on the Delhi Chief Secretary during a meeting at Kejriwal's residence on Monday night.

Coming as a new development in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs case who were earlier disqualified for holding the office of profit, the 20 disqualified MLAs have now withdrawn their plea challenging the election commission's initial decision to hear the matter from the Delhi High Court. Members of AAP say that the police entered without any intimation. LG assured he will take all steps to ensure officers started functioning normally. "All of us need to work together for betterment of Delhi (sic)", Kejriwal tweeted after the meeting with the LG.

Delhi IAS Officers' Association secretary Manisha Saxena said the Minister had assured them of full cooperation.

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"We informed him (LG) that over the past few days officers were not attending meetings and ignoring calls of the ministers. If this what they can to do an elected CM, think what they can with poor people!" "We are grateful that the LG is seeing the entire episode from the point of view of Delhi's governance", Sisodia said, while addressing a press conference after the meeting. Police Raj kills democracy in Delhi.

A total of 21 CCTV cameras and a hard disk were examined by the police. "The time-lag of the CCTV cameras corroborates that the complainant was at the CM's residence at midnight (12.05 AM) and not at 11.25 PM, as was the plea of the AAP in the court", a top Delhi Police official said. Singh also said that the person in-charge of maintenance at the chief minister's residence had been intimated about the police visit.

"A police team has been sent to the chief minister's residence for collecting all evidence, including CCTV footage, in connection with the alleged assault on the Delhi Chief Secretary", Additional DCP, North Delhi, Harinder Singh said.

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