AAP approaches Supreme Court on issue of transfer of Delhi govt's services secretary

AAP approaches Supreme Court on issue of transfer of Delhi govt's services secretary

Day after the apex court ruled that the Delhi government has legislative and executive powers over the administration of services, today, Delhi's AAP government approaches the Supreme Court alleging the issue with the Centre not implementing the transfer of its services secretary. 

Senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi government, mentioned the matter before a bench of the Chief Justice and Justice PS Narasimha, saying the top court delivered the judgment just yesterday and now there can be contempt.

Under Article 141 of the Constitution, there can be contempt of this court's order and a bench needs to hear this urgently, Singhvi said.

"They are saying we will not transfer anybody. I can file contempt in view of the judgement passed yesterday. But it will take time. So kindly list the matter," he said.

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said he would constitute a bench to hear the matter next week.

Ashish More, secretary of the Delhi government's Services Department, was removed from his post on Thursday, hours after the Supreme Court gave the AAP dispensation control over the transfer and posting of officers in the city.

Former Delhi Jal Board CEO AK Singh, IAS officer, will replace More.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by the CJI on Thursday gave a unanimous verdict, putting an end to the eight-year dispute between the Centre and the Delhi government.

Against the backdrop of frequent run-ins between the AAP government and the Centre's point person, the lieutenant governor, the apex court asserted that an elected government needs to have control over bureaucrats, failing which the principle of collective responsibility would be adversely affected. 

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