Dev pipped Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Parida, former Principal Secretary (Finance) S N Sahai and NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar, who were seen as frontrunners to the post. Parida is a 1986 batch officer. The government did not comment on the appointment.
The fresh developments further widened the gulf between the political executive and the bureaucrats ahead of the Budget session, scheduled to begin on March 16. They have been locked in a tussle over the alleged assault on Prakash on February 19.
AAP vs Chief Secretary LIVE UPDATES: On Friday morning, around 150 police personnel from all the police stations of North district gathered at Civil Lines police station and then headed towards the CM’s residence.
Countering the chief secretary’s charges, two AAP MLAs, Prakash Jarwal and Ajay Dutt, have alleged that he used casteist slurs against them. The latest controversy comes on the heels of party lossing 20 MLAs in a office of profit case.