Continuing the altercation between Delhi government and Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the ministry of home affairs and warned not to interfere in Delhi government’s work. Citing the GNCT Act, he said that delhi government has the right to give additional charge to senior bureaucrats.
The letter has come after MHA cancelled the Delhi governments’ transfer of its home secretary Dharam Pal back to Union Ministry.
Dharam Pal has signed the orders which appointed Delhi Police Officer MK Meena as anti corruption branch head. This move was apprehended by AAP government. Despite AAP’s efforts to stop Meena, he took charge by LG’s orders. Meena has warned Delhi government with legal actions to be taken if they oppose him.
Next reason which heightened AAP’s resentment was the case of Dharam Pal. He was sent to home secretary by MA and as a result Delhi government had two home secretaries. Pal is supported by Central government and LG whereas AAP government has given charge to services secretary Rajinder Kumar.
However, reportedly all the officers have been ordered by Satyedra Jain to pass the work through Kumar only and warned for an action to be taken against those who do not do so
Kejriwal has also attached a letter by Supreme Court advocate Gopal Subramanium wth his letter. Subramaniyam’s letter supports AAP’ government’s stand and gives Kejriwal a sound legal ground to back him.
The scuffle between AAP and BJP led centre has again brought the trapped bureaucracy in light. The bureaucrats also appear to be stuck with their loyalties divided and would go with the one whose supports keeps them more secure. Both Pal and Meena have asserted LG and centre’s power. Pal and Meena have gone against AAP government and chose to follow Lieutenant Governor’s order.