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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The deplorable way, in which two IAS officers were treated in the power struggle between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, had attracted reactions from other IAS officers yesterday.

Now, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has retaliated via tweets.

Referring to the sacking of the two top bureaucrats by the BJP-led government at the Centre earlier this year, AAP leader Ashutosh tweeted, “IAS association was sleeping like Kumbhkaran when Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary were humiliated and removed.”

The members of IAS Officers’ Association, on Wednesday, met to discuss the escalating turf war between Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor, which has resulted in one officer being publicly criticized and another ignominiously removed and locked out of his office.

“We view with anguish the way IAS officers have been treated and subjected to character assassination, we condemn it,” stated the resolution passed by the officers on Wednesday.

Shakuntala Gamlin, whose appointment by the Lieutenant Governor last week triggered the ugly row, was also present during the meeting. Kejriwal had accused Gamlin of favouring power distribution companies and acting against public interest.

The Chief Minister removed the Principal Secretary who signed off on his decision to appoint Shakuntala Gamlin. On Monday, Anindo Majumdar was locked out of his office and two more officers were appointed in his place, but they too, are caught in the crossfire.

“All transfers and appointments in the past few days stand cancelled as they were not approved by him,” the Lieutenant Governor responded by writing to the Delhi government yesterday.

Kejriwal and his deputy CM, Manish Sisodia, met with officers yesterday amid reports that many bureaucrats had requested to be transferred out of Delhi and those working outside did not want to return.

According to the sources in the Home Ministry, at least a dozen officers have applied for transfers, but AAP has rejected it.

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BJP Member Files Defamation Complaint Against Arvind Kejriwal

“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said

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Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A BJP member Rajesh Kumar has filed a defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tweeting objectional comments against his party men.

The complaint was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for a hearing on May 16.

Kumar, who claimed to be convenor of legal cell of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Purvanchal Morcha in Delhi, told the court that he was shocked to see a tweet by Kejriwal saying that BJP members kept roaming around the country and raping Hindu girls.

“The accused (Kejriwal) has successfully dented the reputation of the complainant in particular and his party,” Kumar said in his complaint.

According to Kumar, he came across the tweet on September 30, 2018 and wanted to lodge a complaint immediately, but did not believing that the people would not take it seriously.

Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal’s party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons

However, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in his society in April, one lady on realising that he was a BJP leader, taunted him citing the tweet.

There were several such incidents when the complainant had to face embarassment due to the “utterly irresponsible and defamatory tweet by Kejriwal, who holds such high position”, said Kumar in his plea.

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“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said.

He has requested the court to issue summons against Kejriwal under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act dealing with defamation and promoting enmity between different groups. (IANS)