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Who Authorised Your Sit-In Protest At L-G Office, Delhi High Court Asks Arvind Kejriwal

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| June 18 , 2018 , 13:15 IST

A week after the capital's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal went on a sit-in at Lt Governor Anil Baijal's office, Delhi High Court reprimanded his approach and questioned his authority for holding a protest inside an establishment or office while describing his strike as unwarranted.

"This can’t be called a strike. You can’t go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there," said the court. BJP MLA Vijender Gupta had approached the Delhi High Court on Monday for seeking an order against CM Arvind Kejriwal's strike.

The court hearing was based on a petition which argued that Kejriwal and his ministers "consider themselves above the law" for having an unconstitutional sit-in protest, seeking orders for the protestors to get back to work. The court will take up the case on Friday.

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Kejriwal along with his Deputy Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Gopal Rai and Satyendra Jain was on a sit-in strike at Raj Niwas since June 11 in protest of Lieutenant Governor's brazenly partisan fashion of working and interference in government's functioning.

AAP leaders specifically contended for Baijal to issue instructions for bureaucrats or IAS officers to end their, as denoted by Kejriwal, "strike". Delhi CM alleged that the officers refused to work and attend the meeting with the ministers or pick up their calls.

IAS Officers Association in Sunday though denied the reports of their officers being on strike through a press conference. They stated that all officers are constantly working but the atmosphere of “fear” and “mistrust” in the bureaucracy has halted their steps from attending certain meetings.

Responding to IAS officers, Delhi CM tweeted ensuring their safety and security while urging them to stop their boycott of the elected government. "They should work without fear or pressure," Kejriwal appealed to the officers.

On late Sunday night, Delhi minister Satyendra Jain was admitted to LNJP Hospital after his health deteriorated during the ongoing 'dharna' at the Lt Governor's official residence but doctors have confirmed that his condition is stable now.