AAP’s Naresh Balyan Booked for Inflammatory Jibe Against Officers

AAP MLA Naresh Balyan was booked for asking citizens to “beat up” officers who delayed public welfare work.

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Naresh Balyan was booked for asking citizens to “beat up” those who delayed public welfare work.

The trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party continues, as AAP's Uttam Nagar MLA Naresh Balyan has been booked for making "inflammatory" remarks against Delhi government officials, police said on 25 February.

An FIR, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, was filed against Balyan at the Dabri police station in Dwarka on 24 February, based on a complaint of a policeman, who was on duty when the MLA made the remarks at JJ Colony, Bindapur to a crowd of 500 people, on 23 February, a police officer said.

This comes barely days after two AAP MLAs, Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jharwal were remanded to judicial custody for an alleged assault on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash, on 19 February.

According to the complainant, Balyan said officials who throw spanners in public welfare works, "should be beaten up".

He was referring to the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. At the event he was heard justifying the alleged attack.

Any work that could be done in three days... (the) file is not cleared in three days and they take three to six months for that. Why? Because that would give them commission and this was stopped by the Delhi chief minister. Now they do not move files. Now what has happened with the chief secretary, their (the officers’) allegations (that Prakash was beaten up). I say, employees like that should be beaten up. If a person has stopped a work that is for the people, he should face such an action.
AAP MLA Naresh Balyan 

His comments added to the existing tension between the Delhi government and the bureaucracy after the alleged assault on Prakash, according to the police complaint.

In a speech, the MLA had alleged that officers delay developmental work by "holding up" files for "commission".

(With inputs from PTI)

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