Supreme Court ‘agrees’ to hear AAP government’s fresh plea on differences over who controls babus’ transfers

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a fresh plea filed by the Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government on the contentious topic of the management of city’s officers, their transfers and posting.

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Rahul Mehra, senior standing counsel for the Aam Aadmi Party government, tweeted that he had filed a fresh plea before the court of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, seeking an early disposal of all appeals filed by the Delhi government. The court, according to him, agreed to hear the matter next week.

He wrote, “Mentioned the matter before CJIs Court seeking an early disposal of all appeals filed by Delhi Govt. Bench headed by CJI has indicated that the matters shall be listed before the appropriate bench sometime next week. Union’s lawyer stated that none of there counsel is available.”

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His subsequent tweet read, “Central Govt lawyer appearing before SC earlier today opposed my request for an early hearing &disposal of pending appeals on the ground that all Union lawyers are busy in Constitution Bench matters. He thus exposed their hidden agenda of “delaying tactics” being devoid of merit.”

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Hours after the Supreme Court restored the elected government’s powers in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government had decided to reverse the 2016 order by the then Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on declaring the LG as the supreme transfer authority.

But within hours of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia reversing the LG’s 2016 order on transfer policy, the services department of the city government had reportedly returned his file calling it legally incorrect.

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On 5 July, the Arvind Kejriwal government had sent Baijal files recommending transfer and posting of officials. But Baijal had allegedly stonewalled the decision, saying the issue involving “Services” was yet to be decided.

Baijal said that the Union Home Ministry had advised him to keep exercising powers over “Services” because the 21 May, 2015 notification remained valid until a regular bench of the apex court decided on it, reported IANS.

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