In AAP vs Centre in Delhi, HC asks ‘who authorised Kejriwal to hold dharna at L-G residence’

The Delhi High Court today pulled up Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over his ongoing sit-in protest at the residence of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, observing that nobody held the right to barge into someones office like this and hold a strike. Who authorised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwals sit-in at Lieutenant Governors office? the High Court asked on Monday referring to Kejriwals sit-in along with three of his ministers that entered its eighth day today. The AAP leaders have been demanding that the Centre to grant more powers to the Aam Aadmi Party government over the control of bureaucrats in the national capital. During the hearing, the Delhi government lawyer argued that IAS officers had yesterday accepted that they are not attending meetings called by ministers. To this, the HC said: Who authorized them to sit on a dharna like this? To this, the HC asked: You can The observation 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. Earlier in the day, BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijendra Gupta had moved the Delhi High Court seeking an order be passed to Kejriwal and others to end their strike and return to their offices. Kejriwal along with his three cabinet colleagues have been holding a sit-in protest at L-Gs residence since last Monday demanding a directive be passed to the IAS officers to end their strike and start attending meetings convened by the ministers. Besides, they are demanding that approval be given to the city governments doorstep delivery of ration and full statehood for Delhi. The matters are likely to be heard on June 22. The court said the association representing the IAS officers should also be made a party in the matter.


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