A tussle simmered between the Kejriwal government and the Centre on Friday, with the AAP dispensation accusing the central government of obstructing transfer of the city’s services secretary, a day after the Supreme Court gave the Delhi government control over the transfer and posting of its officers.
Sources said the Delhi government is planning a major bureaucratic overhaul even though the implementation of its decision to transfer Services Department Secretary Ashish More has run into rough weather.
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has approached the Supreme Court again, alleging the Centre was not implementing its decision to transfer Services Secretary Ashish More. Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said he will constitute a bench to hear the matter next week.
The Delhi government claimed in a statement that More has “refused” to consider the file for appointment of a new officer (AK Singh, IAS) to replace him. “Instead of putting up the file, he left the secretariat without informing the services minister’s office,” the statement added.
The sources said More went on a casual leave on Friday.
The apex court ruled on Thursday that the elected government in Delhi has legislative and executive powers over services department matters, barring those related to land, police and public order that still come under the jurisdiction of the lieutenant governor.
More was removed from his post on Thursday, hours after the Supreme Court gave the AAP dispensation control over the transfer and posting of officers in the city.
The sources claimed that More was still not transferred as he was ordered to be removed from his post against the established procedure.
“Even as the transfer of More has not been effected, the AAP government is ready for large-scale transfers of senior officers, including many principal secretaries and heads of departments. This will happen as soon as the present case is decided by the court,” a top source in the government claimed.
Soon after the SC verdict on Thursday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said a major reshuffle of officers in the city government would be carried out in the coming days. He also warned that officers who allegedly obstructed works would ”face the music”.
Sources said the decision to transfer More was taken even as a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification placing the services department under the LG’s jurisdiction was yet to be withdrawn in the light of the Supreme Court order on Thursday.
The Delhi government said in its statement that for initiating a large-scale administrative reshuffle, Services minister Saurabh Bhardwaj instructed More to present a file for the transfer of a new officer to the post of Secretary of Services department.
With inputs from News18