Accusing Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar of trying to intimidate and suspend his personal secretary to paralyse the working of his office, Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj, in a letter to the L-G, demanded disciplinary action against Kumar and his staff for allegedly “leaking” the Action Taken Report (ATR) of the Burari hospital sexual harassment case and called it a “fit case to place before the NCCSA”.
This comes days after CS Kumar called Bharadwaj’s personal secretary “politically compromised” and proposed his suspension for allegedly passing official notes by the minister to the AAP. He said the minister’s direction to submit an ATR in the matter was posted on social media platform, X, on Sunday afternoon, before it reached him.
Bharadwaj Wednesday said Kumar had not given any substantive proof against his PS and said the former was “cleverly hiding important facts of the case”. Kumar did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment.
In the letter to the L-G, Bharadwaj said on Sunday, the note was “physically sent through my vehicle driver to his (Kumar’s) Satya Niketan residence on the same date… and staff at the entrance of residence of the Chief Secretary refused to receive the said… note marked as urgent.”
Attaching a still from CCTV footage showing his official car, Bharadwaj alleged staff at the residence were “under direction” from the CS to not accept any such dak/UO note.
He also said his office staff spoke to the staff at CS residence but they “refused” to receive the note, saying that it is a “clear direction of the CS not to receive any dak”. “CCTV footage around the CS’s residence and the phone location of my vehicle driver can also be confirmed,” Bharadwaj wrote. He added that his staff tried to reach the CS through different media