A day after newly appointed Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal took charge, Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday wrote to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), demanding an explanation as to why his approval was not sought on the appointment.
Sources said the Lt-Governor has questioned the procedure by which the appointment was made. According to procedure, the file clearing the appointment of the DCW chief is sent to the Lt-Governor for approval, which apparently was not followed in the present case, the sources said.
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According to the sources, the Lt-Governor’s office has asked for the file to see if due process was followed. “The file was not sent to the Lt-Governor for approval. Jung’s office wants to see the file and papers along with details of the powers of the DCW chief,” an official said.
The sources said the Lt-Governor had refused to go easy on the appointment. “Till now, the appointment of every DCW chief was being done with the Lt-Governor’s approval and after due consideration,” the official said.
This is not the first time that the Delhi government and the Lt-Governor have not seen eye to eye over appointments.
The Kejriwal-led government in Delhi had been locked in a turf war with the BJP-led government at the Centre, with the former accusing the latter of interfering in the affairs of the Delhi government through the Lt-Governor’s office.
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In a television interview, Kejriwal had called Jung “BJP’s agent”. The offices of the CM and the Lt-Governor had also sparred over bureaucratic appointments in the capital that had led to the appointment of two home secretaries and two Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chiefs.
Maliwal’s appointment has also been questioned by the BJP and the Congress, which accused the AAP of adopting “family politics”, as Maliwal is the wife of Haryana AAP leader Naveen Jaihind.