26/11/2015 12:39 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

AAP Government To Probe Why 'Secular' And 'Socialist' Were Missing From Its Preamble Advertisement

Anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal attends a session on Jan Lokpal, a strong legislation to end corruption, in the Delhi Assembly in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Kejriwal says he has resigned as the top elected official in the New Delhi state government after lawmakers blocked the introduction of a bill to create a strong ombudsman in the Indian capital. (AP Photo)

NEW DELHI -- Taking a stern view of the omission of words "socialist" and "secular" from the Preamble in its print advertisements on Constitution Day, Delhi government today tendered an apology for the error and ordered a probe to ascertain if any "mischief" was involved.

Published by the Arvind Kerjriwal-led Delhi government to commemorate the adoption of Constitution, the English advertisements which appeared in newspapers today carried the text of Preamble, however, the two words were missing from the content.

"Delhi government apologizes for an error of missing words in its advertisement published in the English newspapers on the Constitution Day celebrations on Wednesday.

"The words, socialist and secular, are erroneously missing from the text published in the English advertisement. The Chief Minister has taken a stern view of the matter and directed the Director of Information and Publicity to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within four days," the government said in a statement.

The Director has been asked to ascertain how such important components of the Preamble of the Constitution went missing from the text.

"The inquiry will focus on whether some mischief was involved in this matter," it added.

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