New Delhi, The Delhi High Court on Monday pulled up the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and asked the party who authorised Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some of his Cabinet ministers to hold sit-in protest at the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office.
A bench, comprising Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla, also observed that strikes are usually held ‘outside’ an establishment or office, ‘not inside.’
“Who authorised the strike or 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,” it said.
The High Court added that the association representing the IAS officers should also be made a party in the matter.
The observation came during the hearing of two petitions. One petition was filed against Mr Kejriwal’s sit-in protest in LG’s office and the other against the alleged strike by the Indian Administration Services officers of the Delhi government.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta has moved a separate plea besides the two petitions against the sit-in by Mr Kejriwal at Lt Governor office-cum-residence.
Mr Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and some of his Cabinet colleagues have been protesting at the Raj Niwas since June 11 demanding directions for IAS officers to call off their ‘strike’ and approval of the ‘doorstep delivery’ proposal of ration to eligible beneficiaries.