AAP govt accuses CS of sending files directly to L-G office ‘bypassing’ CM

New Delhi: In a fresh round of tussle, the AAP government in Delhi on Thursday accused its Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar of sending files directly to the lieutenant governor “bypassing” the chief minister and not following the constitutional system.

In a statement, the Delhi government alleged that the chief secretary sent a file concerning the proposed visit of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) mayor to Australia to participate in the Asia Pacific Cities Summit directly to the LG instead of the chief minister.

“In a shocking series of events, it has come to light that the chief secretary, in breach of his constitutional obligations, is attempting to bypass the chief minister and sending official files to the office of the LG, without due permission from the chief minister,” the statement claimed.

The statement also claimed that the LG office has asked the chief secretary to route the file to it via the chief minister’s office.

Mayor Shelly Oberoi requested through proper channels to be granted permission to attend the 2023 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayor’s Forum in Brisbane City, Australia, it said.

The summit is to take place between October 11-13. The mayor attending the would be of “immense benefit to the MCD due to exchange of ideas among mayors and business leaders”, it said. A proposal of the visit was sent to the MCD commissioner by Oberoi on May 15. The commissioner proposed that the mayor may be accompanied by an MCD official, the statement said.

“As per procedure, the MCD commissioner sent the file forward to the secretary, Sanjay Goel from Urban Development, who sent it forward to the Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar. The chief secretary sent the file to the LG without first forwarding it to the office of the chief minister.”

It should be noted that normal procedure dictates that all files must move from the chief minister’s office to the LG, and the chief secretary is not permitted under the rules of conduct to bypass the chief minister and send files directly to the LG, it said.

It is “shocking” how the chief secretary is acting in “absolute violation of the constitutional system” wherein the LG receives files only from the office of the chief minister, it added.

The AAP dispensation has in recent days indulged in a tussle with the bureaucrats, including the chief secretary and the principal secretary (home), over various issues such as flood in the city and meeting of the newly formed National Capital Civil Services Authority (NCCSA).

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