The long dragged case on power distribution in Delhi state has finally empowered Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
A day after the Supreme Court ruled that executive powers, except for law and order, police and land, were vested in the elected government, there was exhilaration of supremacy in Delhi, as per orders on Thursday, with the Aam Aadmi Party government taking on the bureaucrats.
According to the court verdict, Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was the approving authority on the transfers and posting of officers from the IAS and other cadres, not the lieutenant governor.
But the officers refusing to accept the new protocol, so the state government threatened to file contempt of court cases if they did not follow its orders.
By Friday, keen government of AAP is to issue fresh orders regarding the implementation of public welfare schemes. Kejriwal is scheduled to meet the LG at 3pm on Friday.
Kejriwal wrote a letter to LG Anil Baijal on Thursday claiming that the executive powers related to ‘services’, that is, the bureaucracy, lay with the council of ministers.
“I am sure LG will never like to knowingly commit contempt of SC,” the CM remarked.
Commenting on LG control over transfer and postings of bureaucrats, powered by Union home ministry’s in notification of May 2015, he said that “that power has not been quashed specifically, which shall now be done by the Division Bench of SC. However, the said notification is powerless now in the light of such clear orders of SC.”
Union minister Arun Jaitley voiced his opinion through his blog, saying that the government in Delhi, being that of a Union territory, was subservient to the central government, with the Supreme Court categorical that Delhi wasn’t at par with other states.
“Any presumption that the administration of the UT cadre of services has been decided in favour of Delhi Government would be wholly erroneous,” Jaitley wrote.