Delhi CEO Vijay Kumar Dev takes charge as new Chief Secretary in Kejriwal government

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Vijay Kumar Dev was on Friday appointed as the new Chief Secretary in the Delhi government in place of Anshu Prakash, who was transferred to central government duty last week. Dev is currently working as the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi.

Vijay Kumar Dev

“With the approval of the competent authority, it has been decided to appoint Vijay Kumar Dev, IAS (AGMUT: 1987) as Chief Secretary, Government of Delhi with effect from the date of joining till further orders,” news agency IANS quoted a statement from the Home Ministry.

Dev is a 1987 batch IAS officer of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, Union Territories) cadre.

Prakash, who had named Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in a case allegin physical attack by AAP MLAs,  was transferred to the Department of Telecommunications in the central government, where his new role will be of the Additional Secretary. He has replaced N Sivasailam, who has been posted as  the Special Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce.

Following Prakash’s complaint, the Delhi Police had named Kejriwal, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and 11 other MLAs as accused in the charge-sheet.

Prakash had alleged that he was assaulted by at least two AAP MLAs after he was invited by Delhi Chief Minister to his house for a midnight meeting.

The Delhi Police had questioned Kejriwal’s private secretary, Bibhav Kumar, in this case. Prakash had said that he was attacked by AAP MLAs after he arrived at the chief minister’s house for a meeting. He had said that VK Jain, former advisor to Kejriwal, was also present there. Jain had later resigned from his post as Kejriwal’s advisor after he gave conflicting statements to the police.

This comes a day after Kejriwal agreed to join the investigation in the case of alleged assault of Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, the police said today.

Prakash was allegedly assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal’s official residence on 19 February.

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