Delhi HC asks who authorized Kejriwal’s sit-in at LG’s office

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today asked the AAP government who authorized the sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some of his cabinet colleagues at the lieutenant governor’s office and observed that strikes are usually held outside an establishment or office and not inside.
“Who authorized the strike/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,” the court told lawyers appearing for the Delhi government in the two matters.
“If it is a strike or dharna, it has to be somewhere else. This can’t be called a strike. You cannot go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike,” a vacation bench of Justices A.K. Chawla and Navin Chawla remarked.
The Bench was dealing with three different petitions – one seeking to declare the sit-in by Mr. Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal, a second plea to end the alleged ‘informal strike’ by IAS officers, and a third plea by BJP leader Vijender Gupta against AAP’s sit-in protest.
Apart from the two petitions, a separate plea was moved by Leader of Opposition in the Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta against the sit-in by Kejriwal at Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s office.
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.
Mr. Kejriwal and his Ministers have been staging a sit-in at LG Anil Baijal’s office since June 11 evening to press their demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike.”
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was shifted to a hospital due to failing health.
On June 17 night, Minister Satyendar Jain was moved to the same hospital after his health too deteriorated.

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