A day after an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor was thrashed during the joint session of the municipal corporations at Ramlila Maidan on Thursday, an FIR in the case is yet to be registered.
Though Rakesh Kumar had registered a police complaint, municipal officials said the police cannot investigate the case until the mayor formally requests the cops to do so. Since the incident took place at a house meeting and involved elected members, privileges apply, they explained.
Police sources confirmed that no FIR had been registered in the case yet.
“As per the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, police can’t enter a meeting convened by the municipal corporation. The house proceedings have special privileges and outsiders, including police, can’t intervene on their own,” said a senior municipal official.
Another hurdle in the registration of a formal case is that while North Delhi Mayor Sanjeev Nayyar was in the chair, those accused of attacking Kumar are members of the South Delhi municipal corporation.
“All three municipal corporations are separate entities now, and an official (Mayor) from one civic body can’t initiate an inquiry into a case involving members of the other body,” said a senior municipal official.
The BJP had called a joint session of the three municipal corporations to discuss the financial crisis and other issues involving the Delhi government.
But a couple of BJP councillors attacked AAP member Rakesh Kumar, who wore a party cap during the session.
Mayor Sanjeev Nayyar said the corporation will wait for an internal enquiry report before taking a decision.
“We have received complaints from many councillors and we are examining all the allegations and counter allegations. It seems the AAP councillor wanted to disturb the meeting. He was sitting along with ruling party councillors, wearing party symbols. Many women councillors have alleged that he used abusive language during the session,” said Nayyar.
Kumar said he would resign if the BJP proved the charges. “We have lodged complaint with the police, the SC/ST commission and also met the President and apprised him about the incident. We will continue to fight the case until action is taken in the matter. The allegations of me using unparliamentary language are baseless,” said Kumar.
Leader of the opposition in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation Farhad Suri tabled a resolution in the House on Friday, condemning the attack on Kumar and demanded action against the guilty.