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Jung consulted CM before Gamlin’s appointment: Centre to High Court

The Centre has told the Delhi High Court that the city government’s claim that LG Najeeb Jung did not consult Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the matter of assigning charge of officiating Chief Secretary in Shakuntala Gamlin, was “misplaced”. 

The Union Home Ministry has said the <g data-gr-id="42">factual</g> status was that the LG had on May 13 taken a reasoned decision on Kejriwal’s proposal, of the same day, to choose from amongst Shakuntala Gamlin and Parimal Rai for the charge of officiating Chief Secretary. 

The Home Ministry said that while Kejriwal had indicated his preference for Rai, the LG after due consideration of <g data-gr-id="33">material</g> on <g data-gr-id="57">record,</g> had approved the name of Gamlin. However, as the LG’s 
<g data-gr-id="30">decision</g> was not implemented until May 16, the said order was conveyed by the Secretary to the LG for implementation, the ministry said in an affidavit. 

With regard to appointment of bureaucrats, the Home Ministry said since Delhi government does not have its own public services or public services commission, it has no legislative or executive powers with respect to services like IAS and IPS. 

ACB can only initiate action under PCA against officers of Delhi Administration, the Home Ministry said.  
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