Delhi govt suspends two officers; Home Ministry declares it null and void

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Thursday termed the suspension of two DANICS-cadre officers by the Delhi government as null and void.


Two senior civil service officers of the Home Department were on Wednesday suspended by the AAP government for refusing to sign on a Cabinet decision file, following which around 200 DANICS-cadre officers went on mass leave, while 70 IAS officers have gone on half-day leave, showing solidarity.

Defended the suspension, the Delhi government said that it was administrative matter and a cabinet decision was failed to be implemented.

“I have no information of any strike. Suspension is an administrative matter and a cabinet decision was failed to be implemented,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain told ANI.

He also launched a tirade against Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, saying that he had power to stay some orders, but a blanket order saying no order of Delhi Government is to be seen through, won?t be followed by them.

“Officers can’t tell me that Lieutenant Governor has asked them not to work. The Lieutenant Governor should have passed a written order. It is clear that it’s a conspiracy, if officers had grievances they should have gone to the Chief Minister and not the Lieutenant Governor,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vijender Gupta asserted that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should immediately resign on moral grounds.

Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) are selected through civil service exams conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Earlier this month, Kejriwal had also suspended two sub-divisional magistrates for failing to provide instant relief to victims whose shanties were demolished by Railways in West Delhi’s Shakur Basti area.

However, these two SDMs are still holding their posts and doing their work.

(With agency inputs)