Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday stepped up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, accusing the Lt Governor of “snooping” for the PM and relaying information pertaining to the Delhi government to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Quoting a news report about a “confidential” letter written by Jung to principal secretary to the Prime Minister, Nripendra Mishra, Kejriwal tweeted, “Shocking! LG snooping on CM n Ministers. Who visits CM n ministers- LG secretly collecting this info n informing PMO.”
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The letter that Kejriwal quoted was sent by Jung to Mishra on February 26. It stated that it was about a “serious matter pertaining to officers from Union ministries being posted on deputation in the Delhi government without intimation to or authorisation from the office of the Lt-Governor.”
The latest incident, the letter stated, was about S K Nagarwal of the Indian Railway Services for Engineers being posted in the Delhi government by the Railway Board.
The letter highlighted the line, “What is disturbing is that Shri Nagarwal, while on study leave from Railways, was found working in the office of the home minister, government of NCT of Delhi, on December 12, 2015.”
In the letter — which the AAP has termed as proof of “spying” on its government in Delhi — Jung wrote that the deputation of Nagarwal needs to be rescinded and a circular needs to be issued to all Union ministries, making it clear that requests for deputing officers from the Union ministries to the Delhi government need prior approval of the Lt Governor.
“We are not getting information about who have arrived in such a manner as the services department is under Shri Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to Chief Minister, who is not providing any information. I am informed that there are quite a few instances of serving officers from the central services and retired officers from the All India Services being directly engaged by the elected government without the approval of the Lt Governor,” stated the letter.
However, sources from the Lt Governor’s secretariat rubbished the “snooping” allegations made by Kejriwal.
“The Lt Governor did not go snooping anywhere. The Lt Governor’s office had received documents that stated that the concerned officer, Mr Nagarwal, was working in the home department,” said a source from the Lt Governor’s secretariat.
The source added, “He had framed the suspension letter of a very senior Delhi government official while he was on study leave. This amounts to breach of service and conduct rules on part of the officer and service matters fall squarely in the domain of the Lt Governor,”
The source added that the documents pointing to the alleged misconduct by Nagarwal was brought to the Lt Governor’s attention in February.
On Monday, Kejriwal had blamed the Prime Minister and the Lt Governor for the “deteriorating state of law and order in the capital”, and termed it “jungle raj”.