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Extreme trust deficit between MLAs and bureaucrats, says HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The midnight assault on and the subsequent notices issued to him by several assembly committees reflect "trust deficit to the hilt" between the legislators and the bureaucrats, the High Court said today.

It also suggested to the government to videograph all meetings between the MLAs and bureaucrats henceforth.

The court advised the government to take this step so that "no unforeseen incident" occurs in the future and transparency is maintained.

The court's order came as it granting bail to MLA Prakash Jarwal, who was arrested for allegedly assaulting during a meeting at Arvind Kejriwal's residence here on the intervening nigh of February 19-20.

"Before disposing of the present petition, this court would like to note that during the course of arguments, the trust deficit between the members of and the bureaucrats is evident to the hilt.

"To see that no unforeseen incident occurs in future and also to maintain transparency, the Government of NCT of would be well advised to get the meetings inter-se the legislators and the bureaucrats videographed," Justice said.

Jarwal, an MLA from Deoli, was arrested on February 20, a day after the alleged incident. The court had earlier reserved its order on his bail plea on March 7 and said it was a very unfortunate situation where the state and the officers felt unsafe and were being threatened by each other.

The bail plea of Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was also arrested in the case on February 21, is pending before the court.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:25 IST