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Action begins, obstructions prevail: Delhi CM fails to remove Secretary, Services

By IndianMandarins- 12 May 2023


New Delhi (12.05. 2023): Immediately after the SC verdict, the Delhi government swung into action and moved the file to remove Secretary of the Delhi government's Services Department Ashish More (IAS: 1995: AGMUT). 
But the move met a dramatic turn when the Additional Secretary of the department responded that Delhi government’s power, to transfer and post officers on its own, has not precipitated yet as MHA’s previous order prevails according to which the power would remain with Delhi LG until the MHA revokes or rehashes it. 
Reportedly, the superior official indicated to the Delhi govt that it should not take such moves until Centre takes its call first.   
Enthused by the SC verdict Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in a press conference had warned of extensive action against officers who "obstructed" public works.
The Apex Court pronounced that the Delhi government has legislative and executive powers over administration of services except for matters relating to public order, police and land. Prior to the verdict of the court, the Services department was under the control of Delhi's Lieutenant Governor.
Meanwhile, AAP has moved a plea concerning transfer of the Secretary of the Delhi government's Services Department being stalled by the Centre. Reportedly Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi pleaded that just yesterday your lordships' gave the judgment and now there can be contempt. The CJI assured listing the case and constituting a bench for it.

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