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Ministers’ over indulgence in bureaucratic affairs?

By IndianMandarins- 21 Jan 2020


Apparently Haryana Govt is at present facing a unique case. State Home Minister Anil Vij has sought disciplinary action against state CID chief by writing a letter to state Home Secretary. The minister has demanded that state CID chief Anil Kumar Rao (IPS:1984:HY) to be replaced by Shrikant Jadhav (IPS:1984:HY), which may happen. 

This is actually being looked upon as tug of war between Vij and CM Manohar Lal. Though Vij did not disclose what information he had sought but this was not the first time when he had shown his displeasure over working of CID.

He had announced setting up a three-member panel headed by state home secretary Vijai Vardhan to suggest ways to improve working of the department. The minister had also expressed his dismay for keeping him out of loop while CM’s flying squad undertook surprise checks at offices of the Regional Transport Authority offices.

Haryana CM recently said that CID remained under the CM’s charge during terms of Bansi Lal and Devi Lal, an assertion that appeared to counter the home minister's claim over the department.

Vij had taken exception to two state government websites that showed that the CID was held by Khattar. "Governments are not run by websites. They are run by the rule of law," Vij said.

On being asked if grounds were being prepared to take away the CID from him, Vij said, "The CM is supreme. If he wants to divide a department, he can do that; if he wants to take away a department, he can do that. I never raised any objection to this."

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