A day after Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain ordered that two DANICS officials — whom the government had suspended — get subsistence allowance, the Lieutenant Governor’s office said the order did not have “legal sanctity”.
In the letter, the Lt Governor secretariat said, “The order dated January 27, 2016 by Home Minister GNCTD has no legal sanctity and can’t be implemented.” The letter directs senior officials “to ensure full compliance of orders of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)”.
The MHA had called the suspension illegal. “The ministry makes it abundantly clear that no adverse action can be initiated against the above officers based on purported suspension order issued by home minister, Delhi, since these orders were without authority of law…,” stated the letter.
The letter also states that these officials have been continuously working on their posts and discharging their duties.
Jain Thursday directed that the two suspended DANICS officers, Subhash Chandra and Yashpal Garg, be given subsistence allowance that is given to officials on leave and not full salary.
The Delhi government and the Lt Governor have been at loggerheads over the suspension of the two officials who refused to sign cabinet notes because the Lt Governor directed them not to.