Delhi's AAP government challenges to MHA notification

Arvind Kejriwal, AAP government Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party, AAP. CM Arvind Kejriwal, MHA notification
New Delhi : The Delhi government of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court challenging the union home ministry May 21 notification that said Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung has discretionary power over appointments and transfers of key bureaucratic posts in the national capital.

The Delhi government mentioned the matter before a division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, which posted the matter for Friday.

”As per the notification, the LG would have jurisdiction over matters connected with services, public order, police and land, of bureaucrats...allowing him discretionary powers to seek the opinion of the CM,” it said.

The petition was mentioned by the Delhi government, standing counsel Raman Duggal a day after the Centre moved the Supreme Court challenging an order of the Delhi High Court which termed as ”suspect” MHA's recent notification barring the city government's Anti-corruption Branch from acting against its officers in criminal offences.

The high court had also held that the LG cannot act in his discretion.

Duggal also said that he has challenged all notifications issued by the Centre in the past. The bench has listed the matter for hearing on Friday.

The Delhi government, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has also challenged the appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary by the LG.

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