Kejriwal warns of ‘anarchy’ after L-G refuses to cede authority

PTI  New Delhi | Updated on July 06, 2018 Published on July 06, 2018

Cold vibes: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy, Manish Sisodia, meet Lt Governor Anil Baijal at his residence, in New Delhi on Friday. - PTI

Delhi CM says Baijal has been instructed by Centre to retain hold of services dept

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said Lt Governor Anil Baijal had refused to give control of the Services Department to the city government, and claimed it was the first time in the country’s history that the Centre was openly refusing to obey the apex court’s order.

The L-G’s refusal will lead to “anarchy” in the country, Kejriwal told the media after a 25-minute meeting with Baijal, the first after his nine-day sit-in.

Following the Supreme Court verdict, which clipped the powers of the L-G, the bone of contention between the Delhi government and his office continues to be control over the Services Department.

Kejriwal said Baijal had sought advice from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and was told that services should not be given to the Delhi government.

Hours after the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement earlier this week, the Delhi government introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making the Chief Minister the approving authority.

However, the Services Department refused to comply, saying the Supreme Court did not abolish the notification issued in 2016 which made the MHA the authority for transfers and postings.

“The Supreme Court said that except three subjects, police, land and public order, Delhi government will have executive power on other subjects. LG does not agree that control of services should be handed over to Delhi government.

“L-G sought advice from that MHA which told him that services should not be given to Delhi government. It is the first time in the history of India that the Central government has openly refused to obey the SC’s order...,” Kejriwal told reporters after his 25-minute-long meeting with Baijal.

The chief minister alleged that it was a “conspiracy” to “paralyse” the government.

“They are saying that the government has the responsibility of water, power, education but who will do this work? Officers who will be appointed by them,” he said.

Will seek legal counsel

Kejriwal added that they are consulting lawyers on whether the L-G’s refusal to abide by the SC order will amount to contempt of court.

“We are deliberating upon the issue with lawyers. We are contemplating all options and no option is closed. After the Supreme Court order, the notification of May 2015, issued by MHA, does not exist,” he said.



Published on July 06, 2018
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