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In CM Kejriwal vs LG Jung, an IAS officer gets locked out

When Principal Secretary (Services) Anindo Majumdar reached his office this morning, he found that it has been locked as per the directive from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2015 3:50 am
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The tussle between Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over who controls the Delhi bureaucracy intensified Monday as the CM’s office gave orders to lock the office of a senior IAS officer, who last Friday issued an order notifying the appointment of power secretary Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary.

When principal secretary (services) Anindo Majumdar reached his office on the seventh floor of the Delhi Secretariat on Monday morning, he found the entire wing locked on the CM’s orders. Not just Majumdar, other staffers from adjacent rooms, too, were locked out.

Majumdar, who is also secretary, general administration department, has another office, but that too was locked.

A 1985 batch, AGMUT cadre IAS, Majumdar was caught in the crossfire Saturday when he was removed from his posts by the CM. But the same evening, the LG declared the removal order “void”, saying it did not have his approval. The LG reinstated Majumdar.

On Monday evening, Majumdar met Gamlin and gave her a written complaint about the treatment meted out to him.

The same day, the Delhi government deputed Kejriwal’s secretary Rajendra Kumar to take charge of Majumdar’s departments, prompting the LG to shoot off another letter to all departments cancelling Kumar’s appointment.

Majumdar is not the only officer to have suffered the brunt of the row between Jung and Kejriwal. Special secretary Ashutosh Kumar, who held additional charge of the services department and had signed the order appointing Gamlin as acting chief secretary, has also been relieved of the charge.

Meanwhile, Gamlin, who has been accused by the CM of lobbying for power companies, met Union Home Secretary L C Goyal on Monday. Sources said only “routine” matters were discussed.

Both Gamlin and Majumdar remained unavailable for comments.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also entered the fray when he wrote to the LG, telling him that his orders regarding the bureaucracy are “against the provisions of law and constitution and, therefore, cannot be complied with”, sources said. He also told the LG that Kejriwal would write to the PM on the matter, sources said.

On Tuesday, either Kejriwal or Sisodia is expected to meet the President in the evening to discuss the issue.

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    raj
    Jan 1, 2016 at 6:22 pm
    govt" can be easily managed with specialists in each departments , no need of IAS . many of them are almost art students not conversant with many special /technical jobs,just manage things.
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      BUT
      May 18, 2015 at 7:18 pm
      its necessary to lock-out corrupt official before he sells-out the govt to Reliance
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        bonku
        May 18, 2015 at 6:07 pm
        In fact this Delhi LG and that lady IAS officer represent India's socio-political 'elites' and responsible for current pathetic condition for India as a country. These people do not even know the meaning of words like honesty, personal integrity, sense of duty but can show loyalty and bark for anyone who throws them meat to them. Only thing they know is power and money for self.
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          bonku
          May 18, 2015 at 6:31 pm
          It's BOTH congress and BJP that supported full STATEHOOD for Delhi. AK is doing his duty as a elected CM of the state that does not exist! Now BJP is protecting its corporate patrons and vote bank.
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            bonku
            May 18, 2015 at 6:03 pm
            Let me be very clear- I am no fan of AK or AAP. This Najib Jung and that lady IAS officer (who is also the wife of congress leader and Ex-CM of Arunachal Pradesh), both are ex-executives of Reliance, should NOT have been appointed in the first place in any public office. Both of them actively colluded with Reliance before and after holding important public office. In fact, Mr Jung negotiated the controversial gas price hike deal on behalf of RIL. We all know that both Congress and BJP are "in the pockets" of Ambanis (as per Mukesh Ambani's own words) and that's why all the UPA appointed governors were replaced immediately after Modi came to power but not these reliance pets.
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