Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Rejects Transfer of Delhi Home Secretary by Aam Aadmi Party Government

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Rejects Transfer of Delhi Home Secretary by Aam Aadmi Party Government

File photo of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

New Delhi: Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has rejected the Aam Aadmi Party government's decision to transfer Home Secretary Dharam Pal after he signed a notification appointing Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police MK Meena as the new Chief of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

Mr Pal had issued the order appointing Mr Meena following Najeeb Jung's directives.

Sources said the LG has declared the order transferring Mr Pal as "null and void". Earlier, government sources said the order was sent to Mr Jung for approval.

The conflict over authority over the bureaucracy has been a major source of confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Lieutenant Governor.

Mr Jung had on Monday appointed Mr Meena. However, Arvind Kejriwal's favoured chief was SS Yadav.

Earlier, an Additional Commissioner-level officer used to head ACB, but the Lieutenant Governor had elevated the rank of head of the investigating agency from Additional Commissioner to Joint Commissioner.

Mr Meena is currently serving as the Joint Commissioner of New Delhi range and the LG's order said he has been given additional charge of ACB.