Delhi: Another row between CM Kejriwal and LG Jung

Rajat Kain

kejriwal_oathAnother round of impasse may be on the cards between Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and the office of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. This time the issue is deputation of policemen from outside the state in Delhi’s anti-graft unit, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

On Monday, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government reportedly inducted 5 police personnel from Bihar police to the state government’s ACB. The officers include Inspector and Sub-Inspector rank. So far, only officers from the Delhi police and Delhi government were deputed in the ACB.

The move, which AAP may call important to strengthen the anti-corruption unit of Delhi government, has not pleased Delhi LG. In fact, the office of LG has claimed that it hasn’t even received a proposal seeking deputation of officers from outside Delhi.

Issuing a press release on Tuesday morning, the office of Lieutenant Governor said, “the office of the Lt. Governor has so far not received any proposal for the deputation of such personnel from outside Delhi Police”.

“The matter will be duly examined as and when the Lt. Governor receives the formal proposal from the Vigilance department of Delhi government,” the press note further added.

“The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Delhi, being a police station, functions under the authority, control and supervision of the Lt. Governor, a position that has also been clarified by the Ministry of Home Affairs,” the release added referring to the notification issued by the Union Home Ministry on the 21st May. The notification has been a cause of bitter stalemate between the CM and LG and was even challenged by the AAP-led Delhi government last week in Delhi High Court.

The step to have ACB officers from the states other than Delhi was reportedly devised after Arvind Kejriwal reached out to the Chief Ministers of non-BJP states. CM Kejriwal had reportedly sought assistance from state governments of Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

The Delhi government, while defending the move, took on the office of LG and also accused BJP-led Centre.

“Delhi Government has full power to take police officers from anywhere in the country. Previously too it had been done. The Centre is making a joke of everything. Sometimes they make LG to say that officers will come under it, sometimes they make LG to say ACB will come under it,” Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said.

And now with fresh round of row seems to be on cards in Delhi, Congress party criticised both the BJP-run Central government and the AAP led Delhi government.

“There has been an enormous failure of the Central Government, of its representative L-G and also of the State Government. Each is escalating the tension. Each is standing on ego. No solution is in sight. Amidst all this, the victim, the voiceless, faceless victim is the citizen of Delhi,” Congress party’s spokesperson AM Singhvi said.

The bitter turf war between the ruling AAP and BJP has been going on for the last month after Delhi government sparred with the LG office over the appointment, removal and reinstatement of the senior bureaucrats in Delhi.

With impasse between the two giving no signs of getting resolved, the Union Home Ministry clarified the set legal position with issuing a notification stating the LG to be administrative head of Delhi in the matters concerning police, law and order, land and services. The issue of notification has now reached the court.