Settling the turf-battle between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Ministry of Home Affairs amended a 1998 notification on Friday and said that according to the Constitution L-G was the “administrative head” of the NCT of Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal’s reply to the notification:
BJP first lost Del elections. Today’s notification shows BJP’s nervousness abt our anti-corruption efforts. BJP again lost today
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 22, 2015
Indian Express was the first to report on May 15 that government was mulling to withdraw the notification and come up with a new one to end the confusion among the two administrative heads.
The notification also clarified that since bureaucrats and police officers working in the Delhi government belong to central cadres like AGMU, IPS, DANICS and DANIPS, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Delhi Government had no jurisdiction on them. This will deal a severe blow to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s anti-corruption drive, since they will no longer be able to book these officials.
The gazette notification, which supercedes the one in 1998, issued by then home minister LK Advani also says that legislative assembly of Delhi has no “executive powers” and the order of L-G will be final when it came to matters of transfers and postings. It was on the issue of appointment of an interim chief secretary Shakuntala Gamlin that the L-G office and Delhi government came to a blow.