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Kejriwal meets Rajnath over bureaucratic control, says Centre should obey SC verdict in totality

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Locked in a long-running confrontation with the Centre over administrative powers, today met to press upon his government's claim to decide bureaucratic postings and transfers and said the appeared "satisfied" with his view.

Kejriwal, accompanied by Deputy Manish Sisodia, met Singh at his residence here to assert that his government has power over 'services' matter following the Supreme Court's recent verdict and that the Centre and should obey the order in totality.

After the meeting, Kejriwal said Singh's "gestures" showed that he was satisfied with his view and the would discuss the matter with his officials.

The officials, however, later said that Singh conveyed to the that the ministry will take legal opinion on the issue.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Kejriwal said, "We told him (Singh) that the Centre and the are interpreting the order in a strange manner. They are saying that they will obey half of the order but not the other half."

The verdict, which restricted the jurisdiction of of to matters of land, police and public order, has been used by the to claim control over services matters including transfer and posting of officers of government.

Hours after the Supreme Court's landmark judgement on July 4, the introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making the chief minister the approving authority.

However, the services department refused to comply, saying the did not abolish the notification issued in 2015 which made the the authority for transfers and postings.

Kejriwal said he told the that the Centre should either obey the entire verdict of the apex court's constitution bench or it should wait till the division bench comes out with its order.

"How can you say that you will obey half of the Constitution bench order and half of division bench order," he said.

The chief minister said he read out the verdict, para by para, to the and he seemed satisfied with what he told him.

"His gestures showed that he was satisfied by our view and said that he will discuss it with his officers. I will meet him again on July 16. Let us see what he discusses with his officers," Kejriwal said.

He said that it is written in Para 277(21) of the apex court order that no files will go to the and is free to take all the decisions, which the Centre and accept and obey.

"Para 14, 15 and 16 of the same order says has power over all subjects accept three subjects, which means Delhi government will have power over services. The Centre and LG do not obey this saying they will accept the division bench order on it,"

In the ongoing war of words over power to govern Delhi, Kejriwal had earlier alleged that it was very "dangerous" that the central government was advising the not to follow the apex court's order.

However, the had denied the charges.

The Centre and the LG have said that the status quo needs to be maintained since the services matter is pending before the regular bench of the Supreme Court.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 20:30 IST