Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal vs Lt Governor: Senior Delhi Police Officer, Bureaucrat Caught in Cross Fire

Arvind Kejriwal vs Lt Governor: Senior Delhi Police Officer, Bureaucrat Caught in Cross Fire

File photo of Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi:  The Arvind Kejriwal government has transferred Delhi's Home Secretary Dharam Pal and has duly sent the order to the office of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for clearance, as the turf battle in the capital escalates again.

The flash point this time was the appointment yesterday by Mr Jung of a senior Delhi Police officer to the government's Anti-Corruption Branch or ACB. Sources in the Delhi government say Mr Dharam Pal has been transferred because he processed the appointment of Joint Commissioner MK Meena to the ACB.

This morning Mr Meena received a letter from the state government that said there is no place for him in the ACB.

"I am directed to inform you that there is only one post of Additional Commissioner of Police in the ACB of the GNCTD which is presently occupied. As there is no such sanctioned post, you cannot hold charge or hold a non-existent post. I am therefore directed to ask you to revert to the Delhi police," the letter said.

Mr Meena and seven inspectors were appointed by the L-G to the ACB yesterday, to "augment its resources and fight corruption," the Delhi Police said. By the dint of seniority, Mr Meena would head the ACB instead of Additional Commissioner SS Yadav, who was handpicked for the job by Mr Kejriwal.

A furious Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said this morning, "This is an illegal appointment. There is no post of joint commissioner in the ACB, Posts can't be created like this."

He said no one in the government was consulted on the posting. "Neither the Delhi CM, me or director vigilance," Mr Sisodia said, alleging that it was a move designed to control investigation into corruption cases.

Policing in Delhi is controlled by the Centre through the L-G and the Delhi Government is not authorized to send back officers to the Centre. At the most the L-G can move around the officers and for that he need not always consult the Delhi chief minister. The decision to send back officers is taken through a Joint Cadre Authority comprising the Home Secretary of Delhi and the Chief Secretaries of Goa, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.
Arvind Kejriwal vs Lt Governor: Senior Delhi Police Officer, Bureaucrat Caught in Cross Fire

File photo of Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi:  The Arvind Kejriwal government has transferred Delhi's Home Secretary Dharam Pal and has duly sent the order to the office of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for clearance, as the turf battle in the capital escalates again.

The flash point this time was the appointment yesterday by Mr Jung of a senior Delhi Police officer to the government's Anti-Corruption Branch or ACB. Sources in the Delhi government say Mr Dharam Pal has been transferred because he processed the appointment of Joint Commissioner MK Meena to the ACB.

This morning Mr Meena received a letter from the state government that said there is no place for him in the ACB.

"I am directed to inform you that there is only one post of Additional Commissioner of Police in the ACB of the GNCTD which is presently occupied. As there is no such sanctioned post, you cannot hold charge or hold a non-existent post. I am therefore directed to ask you to revert to the Delhi police," the letter said.

Mr Meena and seven inspectors were appointed by the L-G to the ACB yesterday, to "augment its resources and fight corruption," the Delhi Police said. By the dint of seniority, Mr Meena would head the ACB instead of Additional Commissioner SS Yadav, who was handpicked for the job by Mr Kejriwal.

A furious Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said this morning, "This is an illegal appointment. There is no post of joint commissioner in the ACB, Posts can't be created like this."

He said no one in the government was consulted on the posting. "Neither the Delhi CM, me or director vigilance," Mr Sisodia said, alleging that it was a move designed to control investigation into corruption cases.

Policing in Delhi is controlled by the Centre through the L-G and the Delhi Government is not authorized to send back officers to the Centre. At the most the L-G can move around the officers and for that he need not always consult the Delhi chief minister. The decision to send back officers is taken through a Joint Cadre Authority comprising the Home Secretary of Delhi and the Chief Secretaries of Goa, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.

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