Kejriwal asks Gamlin not to take charge as Chief Secretary

Kejriwal asks Gamlin not to take charge as Chief Secretary

NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung are in a bitter war as senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin has taken charge as interim chief secretary following her appointment to the post by Jung.

While speaking to a national news agency, an official said that Gamlin has taken the additional charge as chief secretary and is working in her office.

The AAP government had on Friday accused Jung of "by-passing" the elected government, the chief minister and the deputy chief minister to which Jung replied that he was "competent" to make the appointment and had expressed regret "that name of senior officer was being brought in public domain in such a manner, that too a lady officer and one belonging to the northeast".

The tussle between Kejriwal and Jung, however, intensified today with Kejriwal asking the senior bureaucrat, who is a 1984-batch IAS officer, to not take charge as acting Chief Secretary of the city, a day after she was appointed to the post by Jung.

A senior Delhi government official said that in his letter to Gamlin, Kejriwal has said that her appointment is "against the Constitution, GNCT of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business Rules". In view of this, she should not take charge as acting Chief Secretary of Delhi.

The move came a day after Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung gave the additional charge of Chief Secretary to Gamlin, hours after she wrote a scathing letter to Jung claiming that she was pressurised by a senior bureaucrat in CM's office not to be in race for the post due to her alleged proximity to BSES discoms.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal said that he was seeking an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee.

(with agency inputs)

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