Soon, Delhi CM Office will have no officer

The first two officers to leave the CMO were former principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, and Tarun Sharma, the former deputy secretary to the CM.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published:June 3, 2017 5:00 am
delhi, delhi cm, arvind kejriwal, delhi chief minister office, delhi cm officer, india news, delhi news Speaking about the atmosphere at the CMO, a senior government official at the Delhi Secretariat said, “There is fear and trepidation; little work is happening.”

The third floor of the Delhi Secretariat, where Chief Minister’s Arvind Kejriwal’s offices are located and which has traditionally been the seat of power in the capital, wears a deserted look. Two IAS officers have been suspended following investigations into graft cases, while three have sought transfers, leave or repatriation, sources said. This means there will soon be no officers in the Delhi Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

“This practically paralyses the CMO and leaves four members in Kejriwal’ staff. But none of them are bureaucrats or have any say in governance. Since bureaucrats play a vital role in ensuring work gets done, this is akin to crippling the government,” a government source said. A government spokesperson confirmed that “the CMO will have no officers soon”.

The first two officers to leave the CMO were former principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, and Tarun Sharma, the former deputy secretary to the CM. Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer, and Sharma, who was known to be close to Kejriwal, were arrested by the CBI in July 2016 in an alleged case of abusing their position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments”.

Both officers were suspended and Kumar, who claimed that interrogators had promised to set him free if he implicated Kejriwal, sought voluntary retirement in December. Sukesh Kumar Jain, a 1992-batch IRS officer, was appointed Officer on Special Duty to Kejriwal in March, 2015. Jain, who was at the time the director in the Central Board of Direct Taxes under the Union Finance Ministry, has now sought repatriation. A source said, “Kumar wrote to the Centre last week to seek repatriation. He is likely to leave soon.”

Deepak Virmani, a 1995-batch DANICS cadre officer, was given additional charge of additional secretary to Kejriwal on March, 2016. He was also the general manager of the Department of Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited at the time. A government official said, “Virmani has applied for study leave for one year. He will be studying policy research and will be relieved from government duty. But he will be studying in Delhi.”

Geetika Sharma, a 1996-batch DANICS officer, had received transfer orders from the Ministry of Home Affairs on the same day Kumar and Sharma were arrested in 2016. She was to be transferred to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, but her transfer was averted. She was in-charge of development of unauthorised colonies at the time.

Sisodia had then attacked the Centre for its attempt to “destroy Delhi”. On May 29 this year, sources said, Sharma received her transfer orders. “She will be joining the Election Commission of India and will be leaving soon,” a source said.

Speaking about the atmosphere at the CMO, a senior government official at the Delhi Secretariat said, “There is fear and trepidation; little work is happening. Some officers are convinced this government won’t last the full term, so they are apprehensive of being identified with the AAP government.”

The Aam Aadmi Party has repeatedly maintained that the Lieutenant Governor’s office, whose prerogative it is to transfer officers, has been trying to weaken the Delhi government. While the L-G’s office has denied this, a senior AAP leader claimed, “None of the transfers took place in consultation with the Delhi government. The CM and L-G are supposed to meet every Wednesday to ensure there is no clash between the two offices. This week, Kejriwal couldn’t meet because of the Assembly. When the CMO called Raj Niwas, they were informed that the L-G had no time, even though he has time to meet Kapil Mishra.”

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    Ashish Moulik
    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm
    All party should stand together for such nonsense against our Democratic set-up ,accept Congress , who already got the Punjab as reward from bjp .
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      Mathura
      Jun 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm
      Lord ModiBaton of Brutish Junta Party has finally arived in Delhi after 70 years of end of British Rule and is acting through agent Sir Brinjal previously belonging to I.ndian A.c ulation S.ervice, creating trouble in order to favour cow.ards.
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        Kg
        Jun 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm
        Delhi government has far more important work to do than sit in office and plan for Delhi for example, a very important hackathon is to be held today, elections in other states are coming so advertising strategy has to be made, rally s have to be planned etc.
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          National
          Jun 3, 2017 at 11:57 am
          LG & Modi thinks if kejriwal produced so excellent in field of education & health even with taking away ACB, then what will happen next so destroy officers so as to derail public education & health. A sinful act which will curse all the blind bhakts who re commenting. They also need health care & Education for family
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            L bhadrapati Devi
            Jun 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm
            How? Arvind mind remain in confronting mood not doing any work. His at ude of he is always right others are wrong may be reason for distancing from him. High officials in order to protect personal dignity better to keep distance from him.
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              P.C.Kulkarni
              Jun 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm
              All the indians are neither fools nor bhakts.They know how BJP via various agencies at their disposal trying to har AAP. Look at the excellent results of Delhi govt schools, much better than private schools, though I recognise bhakts and education are poles apart.
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                Bhadrapati Devi
                Jun 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm
                People of Delhi came to know AAP after two year worse rule. So, even stronghold of aap lose to BJP in the last bypoll by ahuge margin. Showing card of honesty without doing any work will not be accepted by laymen.
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              National
              Jun 3, 2017 at 11:49 am
              Don't know when paap (sins) ka ghada (vessel) will get burst to destroy BJP. Even Ram is angry that BJPs r disturbing him as Allah & christ because they don't know that Lord Vishnu is in Allah & christ. I think Kalyug is now at top to destroy bharat
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                Jun 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm
                Even Yumraj may not like Arvind because he may confront with Chhitragupta. His talking lies with confidence has put him in the club of LAllu, Mayabi.
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                Uday Yadav
                Jun 3, 2017 at 11:46 am
                What work? That crook kejriwal is busy organizing his own 'hackathon' where he will take his own machine and hack it to the pleasure of s and antinationals who follow him. Delhi junta might as well forget about this 'government'.
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                  P.C.Kulkarni
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm
                  AAP has done excellent work in education and healthcare fields. Offcourse bind bhakts can neither understand nor appreciate this
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                    Bhadrapati Devi
                    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm
                    Arvind went to Bengaluru for medical treatment because Delhi has excellent healthcare facilities.
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                  Sham
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 11:27 am
                  Why do they require an officer in Delhi government, as governing is a word unknown to Kejriwal & Co? They are rather busy with their scams, looting tax payers' money & foo public.
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                    Manohar Sharma
                    Jun 3, 2017 at 11:19 am
                    Kejriwal is not working as a CM. He is working as a HAWALA King.
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                      P.C.Kulkarni
                      Jun 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm
                      Then when is your hero going to drag him to Tihar jail holding him by his collar.
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