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Delhi HC Questions AAP Government: Who Authorised the ‘Sit-in’ Protest inside L-G Office

Team SoOLEGAL 18 Jun 2018 5:30pm

Delhi HC Questions AAP Government: Who Authorised the ‘Sit-in’ Protest inside L-G Office

The Delhi High Court today questioned Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government who had authorised the sit-in protest inside L-G's office led by CM Arvind Kejriwal, observing that strikes are held outside an establishment.

Kejriwal along with his cabinet colleagues, including deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, health minister Satyendar Jain, and development minister Gopal Rai have been on an indefinite strike since June 11. The AAP leaders refused to leave the L-G office until action was taken to call-off the four-month long "strike" by IAS officers working in the Delhi government.

The court’s observations came while hearing two petitions: one against CM’s protest and the other against the alleged IAS officers strike.

The HC bench comprising of Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla during the hearing said, “You are sitting inside the L-G’s office. If it’s a strike, it has to be outside the office”.

Responding to the court’s query, senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, representing the Delhi government, said the AAP leaders took the decision to protest in their individual capacity and the Constitution authorizes them to do so.

Nandrajog further argued that the only direction that can be issued by the court to the IAS officers to attend routine departmental meetings held by the ministers.

He then told the bench that an association representing the IAS officers during a press conference on Sunday had admitted that they were not attending routine meetings.

However, the Central government rejected Nandrajog’s statement and told the HC bench that IAS officers were not on strike and urged the bench to direct the AAP ministers to vacate L-G’s office.

After hearing some arguments, the bench scheduled the matters for next hearing on June 22. 

Tagged: Delhi HC   Aam Aadmi Party   LG Office   IAS Officers   Central Government   Arvind Kejriwal  
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