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Appointment of 9 advisors cancelled on MHA directions: Delhi govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (GAD) of the government today said the appointment of nine to its ministers, including of the two aiding Deputy Chief Manish Sisodia, was cancelled on the directions of the

In a letter to on April 10, the MHA said no approval of the central government was taken for creation of the posts to which the nine were appointed on a co-terminus basis.

According to a order issued today, the MHA said these were not on the list of approved posts.

Asked about the move, Deputy Secretary, GAD, Promila Mitra, who signed the order, said she was not authorised to speak on the matter.

Sources said the MHA directions came after the services department wrote to it seeking to know the legal status of the appointment of the nine

"No prior approval of the central government has been taken for creation of the posts on which these persons have been appointed on a co-terminus basis," the order read.

The nine advisors are Amardeep Tiwari (to law minister), Arunodya Prakash (to deputy chief minister), (minister), Atishi Marlena (to deputy chief minister).

(of power minister), (logistics in office of minister), Brig Dinkar Adeeb (OSD to power minister), (of power and (Aide-de-camp, office of power minister).

The MHA's notification dated May 21, 2015 clarified that "services" is a subject reserved for the central government as per the Constitution, the order read.

"Therefore, creation of services by Cabinet for accommodating these appointees is void ab-initio, being done by an agency not competent under the law to do so.

"Since creation of these posts and subsequent appointments on these posts are not valid, all previous orders regarding creation of these posts and appointments made against them are cancelled," the GAD order read.

Reacting to the development, Deputy Chief tweeted, "Modi Govt's order to remove is a conspiracy to derail revolution in Delhi.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 21:00 IST