Published On: Tue, May 26th, 2015

K K Sharma resumes charge as Delhi chief secy, Gamlin refuses to comment on her appointment row

Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma, who had gone on a 10-day leave, has resumed charge with effect from Monday and and Principal Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin refused to comment on her appointment row as acting Chief Secretary in the leave period of Sharma.

Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma, who had gone on a 10-day leave, has resumed charge with effect from Monday.

Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma, who had gone on a 10-day leave, has resumed charge with effect from Monday.

The appointment of Gamlin as acting chief secretary for the leave period of Sharma, by the Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung last week had triggered a full-blown war between the ruling AAP and Jung, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioning the LG’s authority and accusing him of trying to take over the administration.

The row escalated into a situation where another bureaucrat, Principal Secretary (Services) Anindo Majumdar, was locked out of his office at the Delhi Secretariat last week.

It was reportedly done on the orders of Kejriwal, as Majumdar had followed Jung’s instruction to appoint Gamlin as acting chief secretary in absence of K K Sharma.

The turf war over postings and transfers of bureaucrats consequently led to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issuing a gazette notification specifying powers of the specifying powers of the LG.

The MHA notification asserted the LG’s power on public order and services issues.

Gamlin refused to comment on her appointment row, said, “I would not like to comment on that. The regular Chief Secretary has come back. It was just an interregnum arrangement.”

TST

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