Defying Delhi government's order, Shakuntala Gamlin takes charge as acting Chief Secretary

Battle between Delhi CM and Lt Gov Najeeb Jung escalates after Shakuntala Gamlin took over as CS, ignoring Kejriwal's opposition.

New Delhi: Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Shakuntala Gamlin on Saturday took charge as acting Chief Secretary of Delhi Government despite being asked by the Chief Minister not to do so.

A senior Delhi government official said that in his letter to Gamlin, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that her appointment is against the set rule.

On Friday, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung gave the additional charge of Chief Secretary to Gamlin, a 1984-batch IAS officer, hours after she wrote a scathing letter to Jung claiming that she was pressurised by a senior bureaucrat in Chief Minister's office not to be in race for the post due to her alleged proximity to BSES discoms.

Slamming the LG's move, the AAP government had said the LG cannot bypass the elected government and Chief Minister and that he acted against "the Constitution, GNCT of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business Rules."

Jung had promptly rebutted the AAP government's allegations saying under Article 239 AA of the Constitution of India, the Lt Governor is the representative of State Authority in Delhi.

Chief Secretary KK Sharma has left for the US on a personal visit due to which the government had to appoint an acting Chief Secretary.


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