‘Central government is not transferring the secretary…’ Kejriwal government again reached the Supreme Court regarding the transfer
Delhi Government vs LG: The Supreme Court had said in its order on Thursday that the matter related to the transfer and posting of officers will be looked into by the Delhi government. A day after the verdict, the Delhi government has again reached the court regarding a case.
Delhi government’s ongoing dispute with the Center is not taking the name of stopping. Just a day after the Constitution Bench’s verdict regarding the rights of the Delhi government, Kejriwal has again moved the Supreme Court regarding the transfer of the government secretary. Taking up this matter before the Supreme Court, the AAP government has accused the central government of not transferring officers. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear this petition. CJI DY Chandrachud has said in this matter that he will constitute the bench next week.
Controversy started as soon as the order arrived
After the order of the Supreme Court, the dispute has started regarding the first transfer itself. The Delhi Government alleges that the Central Government did not take any initiative on the matter of transfer of the Services Secretary. The Delhi government had sent the file of Ashish More’s transfer to the LG. The LG declared this transfer illegal. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Delhi government, said that a contempt case should be filed against the central government. Even after the order of the Supreme Court, the Center is not taking action regarding the transfer.
What was the decision of the Supreme Court
The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court had said in its decision that the work of transfer and posting of officers in Delhi is the responsibility of the elected government. The Supreme Court said that only the matters related to police, public and land can be looked into by the central government. Since Delhi has not got the status of a full state, its rights are less than other states, but the authority to take administrative decisions rests with the Delhi government. The Lieutenant Governor will have to accept the advice of the Delhi government.
The CJI said that there is a responsible elected government in Delhi, but it has few powers. The Arvind Kejriwal government and the Center were at loggerheads over who should control the administrative reshuffle. There have been reports of a tussle between the Arvind Kejriwal government and LG Vinay Kumar Saxena for a long time. The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court gave its verdict on this controversial matter.