The Delhi High Court on Monday reprimanded the national capital’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, for his sit-in protest inside the office-cum-residence of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
The bench of Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla observed, “This can’t be called a strike. You can’t go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there.” The bench was hearing a petition filed by BJP MLA Vijender Gupta.
“Thing is that you’re sitting on a dharna. Who authorised to sit on a dharna like this?” Times of India quoted the bench as saying.
Kejriwal and his ministers have been staging sit-in protest at the residence of Baijal for over a week demanding the latter’s intervention to end the strike called by the civil servants of the Delhi government. The AAP government has often alleged that the boycott of administrative functioning by the civil servants was taking place at the behest of the LG, who reports to the central government.
The High Court had in 2016 had said that the LG was the administrative boss of Delhi. Although the elected government of AAP has challenged the Delhi High Court’s ruling in the Supreme Court, the order created more rift between the LG and Kejriwal-led government and confusion among the bureaucrats.
Civil servants have been allegedly on strike since Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash sensationally accused two AAP MLAs of assaulting him at the residence of Kejriwal, who had called him for a meeting.
Two AAP MLAs were arrested by the Delhi Police, but the there has not been any progress on the case since then. There was also a discrepancy in the time of attack stated by Prakash in his complaint and the time he left Kejriwal’s house.
Many chief ministers from across India have extended their support to Kejriwal in his protest against the LG and the central government.