I was very fond of the American T.V. serial ' I Love Lucy '.
In one of these serials, Lucy enters the headquarters of a very large American company, and starts giving orders to some of its top management officials.
One of the officials asks Lucy who she is ? She replies she is the owner of the company. The official asks how ? She replies because she is a shareholder, and the share holders are the real owners of a company.
The official then asks " Ma'am, how many shares of our company do you own ? ".
Lucy replied " One share. But all the same it makes me owner of this company "
To my mind, the members of AAP are all Lucys. Having won a sweeping election in Delhi, they now believe that they are the masters of Delhi, and all officials in Delhi must now kowtow before them and take their orders. In fact they are worse than Lucy because Lucy never physically assaulted anyone.
The Burari police station incident is proof of this. 9 policemen were beaten up by AAP supporters in the incident.
The AAP spokesmen claim that there was a lathi charge by policemen on AAP workers. But why was there a lathi charge ? It was because some AAP supporters first started pelting stones at the policemen, probably because an AAP vehicle was refused entry into the police station. Policemen do not make lathi charges for no rhyme or reason. And a police station is not the private property of AAP whose members can park their vehicles there
Now if people take the law into their own hands and start throwing stones at the police there is likely to be a retaliation in the shape of a lathi charge. After all, policemen are not wearing bangles ( choodiyan naheen pehen rakkhee hain ). What right did AAP workers have to start throwing stones at the police in the first place ? And if in retaliation there is a lathi charge, why do they complain ?
I was Chief Justice of three High Courts ( Acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, and Chief Justice of Madras and Delhi High Courts ). My experience has been that whenever there was a scuffle between the lawyers and the police, usually the violence was begun by the lawyers by pelting stones at the police, or beating up some policeman. The action of the police was only a reaction, and was subsequent.
Similarly, I can visualize what happened at Burari police station. The AAP supporters first threw stones at the police, which was followed by a mild police lathi charge. The police do not make a lathi charge for no rhyme or reason.
As I said in my previous post, victory in the recent Delhi elections has gone to the head of AAP workers, who have become so puffed up and arrogant that they believe all authorities in Delhi are their servants who must obey their orders.
If Mr.Kejriwal had any modicum of decency he would have admitted the misbehaviour of his workers, apologized, and suspended his 2 MLAs. However, instead of doing so, he has, through his spokesmen, tried to justify their acts. The magisterial enquiry he has ordered is only a sop, and will not befool anyone.