The Delhi High Court, on Monday, asked the AAP government who authorised the sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some of his cabinet colleagues at the lieutenant governor’s office and observed that strikes are usually held outside an establishment or office and not inside.
The observation by a bench of Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla came during the hearing of two petitions, one against the sit-in by Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal and the other against the alleged strike by the IAS officers of Delhi government.
“Who authorised the strike/dharna (sit-in by Kejriwal)? You are sitting inside the LG’s office. If it’s a strike, it has to be outside the office,” the court told lawyers appearing for the Delhi government in the two matters.
In the plea filed by Delhi-based lawyer Hari Nath Ram, directions are sought against Kejriwal’s protest at the LG house. The petitioner has demanded that Kejriwal be asked to discharge his chief ministerial responsibilities as the functioning of the Chief Minister’s Office has come to a “standstill” since the sit-in started six days ago.
The plea argued that taxpayers’ money was being wasted for a constitutional bargain by the chief minister. “…The Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi is flouting the fundamental law of the country despite having taken an oath under the constitution of India,” the petition claimed.
The plea further said that there was no statutory or legal provision empowering the chief minster to go on the sit-in.
In another plea, Umesh Gupta, Delhi-based lawyer and a social activist has moved the high court alleging that the informal strike by the IAS officers posted in the Delhi government has brought the urgent public works to grinding halt.
Addressing a presser on Sunday, Delhi’s IAS association refuted the claim that its officers are on a strike and alleged they are being targeted and victimised.
Meanwhile, Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, who has been accompanying Kejriwal and Delhi’s deputy CM Manish Sisodia, was on Sunday night rushed to a city hospital as his health deteriorated.
“Good morning Delhi, Last nite, Satinder Jain’s ketone levels increased n he complained of headache, bodyache, difficulty in breathing n difficulty in passing urine. So, he had to be shifted to hospital. Now, he is doing well… It is 6th day of Mansh’s fast. He is doing well,” Arvind Kejriwal tweeted this morning.
In a related development, volunteers and leaders of Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took out a protest rally on Sunday evening from Delhi’s Mandi House.
The rally, which was to end at Prime Minister’s official residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg was stalled by a massive police bandobast at the Parliament street.
The march concluded peacefully without any untoward incident amid the AAP workers and leaders criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lt Governor Anil Baijal over a host of issues including the demand of full statehood for Delhi and condemnation of IAS officers’ ‘strike’.