Governor alone has the Power to Make Political Appointments in Delhi – Centre Clarifies
The Central Government has announced that only the Governor has got the power to appoint higher officials for Delhi.
Recently, Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung appointed IAS official Shakuntala Gamlin as the temporary Chief Secretary. The appointment was fiercely opposed by the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal. He retaliated by appointing a few officers and transferring others. Lt. Governor Jung announced that none of the appointments and transfers was valid.
The Chief Minister and the Lt. Governor met the President, Pranab Mukherjee, separately. The problem remained unresolved. Meanwhile, Kejriwal wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention to solve the problem.
The day before yesterday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Modi and had reportedly discussed the Delhi developments with him.
The Home Ministry released an announcement yesterday defining and listing the powers of the Lieutenant Governors of the union territories that were under the control of the Central Government.
The announcement, released in the Government publication, stated – The national capital of Delhi is under the direct administrative control of the Central Government. As far as services, public order, police and land are concerned, the Lieutenant Governor is fully empowered to make the relevant appointments. He has discretionary powers to make the decisions in these issues.
At the same time, if the Lieutenant Governor desires, he could consult with the Chief Minister or other Ministers to gather their opinion.
As per Article 233 AA’s annexure, the Delhi State Government has no justifys to make appointments for the four departments mentioned above. The Lt. Governor has the power to appoint or transfer high level officials. The Chief Minister also has no power to file litigations against the officials of the anti corruption and vigilance department and the officials and employees of the Central Government.