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LG transfers 3 IAS officers, meets Home Secy; Sisodia says he is 'bossing around'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The power tussle between the government and Baijal refused to die down with the latter transferring three IAS officers, days after the clipped his powers, prompting the to accuse him of "bossing around".

The transfer orders came even as the today agreed to hear next week appeals of the government relating to the scope of its various powers in view of the recent verdict by a Constitution bench holding that the has no independent power to take decisions.

Baijal and today also had a meeting with

During the 30-minute meeting at the Home Ministry, Baijal, Prakash and Gauba are believed to have discussed the issues related to services in the wake of the judgement, a official said.

Baijal refused to divulge details of the meeting. When insisted whether the issue of services was discussed, the said: "All is well between me and Kejriwal".

Meanwhile, the action by the of transferring three IAS officers comes days after the Supreme Court clipped his office's powers, restricting his jurisdiction to land, police and public order.

The services department, however, still continues to be the bone of contention between the two.

According to a new order, Soumya Gupta has been replaced by as Similarly, Chanchal Yadav, who served as South has been shifted as to LG.

Vasanthakumar N, has been made (Trade and Taxes).

Deputy slammed the move, saying the LG was "bossing around".

"The LG has kept the services department with him arbitrarily and is bossing around. He should have consulted us before appointing the The government is spending 26 per cent of its budget on education and we are not even consulted on the issue," Sisodia told reporters.

The deputy said that with the Supreme Court verdict, it has been made clear that services comes under the but the LG has kept it with him "arbitrarily".

Kejriwal yesterday wrote to Baijal wondering how he can be "selective" in accepting the Supreme Court judgement.

In his response, Baijal had said he was "selectively" quoted and "erroneously" charged of "selective acceptance" of the Supreme Court verdict.

The apex court had in its July 4 ruling had said that barring three issues -- public order, police and land -- the has the power to legislate and govern on other issues.

There were two LGs --incumbent Baijal and his predecessor Najeeb Jung-- with whom Kejriwal was at loggerheads, accusing them of preventing the functioning of his government at the behest of the Centre.

After the Supreme Court judgement on July 4, the introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making the the approving authority.

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

On July 6, the had asserted that it will be against the law to take a final view on the matter related to services as it is still pending before the court.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 22:45 IST
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