Jung cancels all bureaucratic postings made by Kejriwal in the last four days

New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday cancelled all orders issued by Aam Aadmi Party government in the last four days regarding bureaucratic transfer and posting.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung

In a letter to Kejriwal, Jung said only his office has the right to order transfers and postings.

“The power to appoint and to transfer, from steno to IAS officers, is with the LG,” Jung wrote in his letter.

The tussle over posting and transfer of bureaucrats had reached President’s doors yesterday after both Kejriwal and Jung met Pranab Mukherjee.

Kejriwal today also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused his government of trying to run the administration in the national capital.

He and Sisodia also met with senior Delhi administration bureaucrats.

Emerging after meeting Mukherjee along with Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said yesterday: “We had a good meeting with the President. We told him that the LG is trying to run Delhi the way he did during President’s Rule.”

“We told him that the LG is issuing direction to officers bypassing the Chief Minister and threatening them. If this goes on, where will democracy be?”

Sisodia and Kejriwal informed the President that despite their objections, Jung insisted on appointing Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary. “We later approved (her name) … but now (Jung) is interfering in the appointment of secretaries too.”

On Tuesday, the AAP government named Arvind Ray, an IAS officer removed by the Lt Governor from the post of Secretary (Home), as the Secretary (General Administrative Department).

The post of secretary (GAD) was earlier held by Anindo Majumdar, who was on Monday locked out of his office at the Delhi Secretariat on Kejriwal’s orders for following Jung’s fiat to appoint Gamlin as acting chief secretary on May 15.

It was Gamlin’s elevation which dramatically triggered the worst confrontation between Jung and the AAP government that stormed to power in February.

The Kejriwal government has accused Gamlin of lobbying for power companies.

On Monday, Jung rejected the appointment of Rajendra Kumar as the principal secretary (services). Later, the Delhi government said it won’t pay heed to what he (Jung) had said as it was “unconstitutional”.

Meanwhile, senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Rajeev Dhavan have reportedly submitted their legal opinion to the Kejriwal government on its request.