According to media reports, the Home Ministry said the Delhi Legislature had been formed under 239AA of the Constitution where the state government has no say on the issues of Police, Public Order and Land. The statement comes at a time when the Delhi government is locked in a series of controversy regarding the appointment of Delhi ACB Chief MK Meena and previously the Gamlin row.
A PTI report quoted some Home Ministry officials as saying, several measures had been taken by the Centre to make the Chief Minister to have a say in the functioning of the bureaucracy, “but what had been witnessed in the recent past was a total confrontation between the Delhi Government and the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.”
For better functioning, the confrontational attitude has to be deserted, the sources stated.
Commenting on the functioning of the ACB, the Home Ministry officials stated that ACB was given the powers of a police station by a notification by the then Lt Governor.
The Centre can revoke that notification anytime and the ACB will never have the powers to even register an FIR, they warned, and also made it clear that the Delhi Government has no say in the appointment of Delhi’s Chief Secretary, Home and Finance Secretaries and Delhi Police Commissioner.
The report also states that the Centre also warned that Delhi was not a full-fledged state and, therefore, it could not seek deputation suo moto from other states.