Hearing a petition against the sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi High Court today asked the Aam Aadmi Party leader if he has the authorisation to organise a ‘dharna’ there.
“Thing is that you're sitting on a 'dharna’. Who authorised to sit on a dharna like this?" asked the court, according to the Times of India.
“If it is a strike or dharna, it has to be somewhere else,” the Bench comprising Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla said.
"This can’t be called a strike. You can’t go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there," the bench added.
Kejriwal, along with Health Minister Satyendra Jain and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, has stayed put at LG’s office since Monday evening.
According to the party, the leaders want to Baijal to discuss two demands - one, that he step in to end the alleged strike by senior officials in Delhi, and two, approve the scheme for doorstep delivery of services which was rejected earlier.
Apart from this petition, the court also heard a plea against the alleged strike by the IAS officers in the national capital.
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta has also approached the court against Kejriwal’s dharna.
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