Arvind Kejriwal to meet Rajnath Singh today

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today evening to discuss the situation arising out of the Supreme Court’s July 4 verdict on the power tussle between the former’s government and the Centre.

The meeting will take place at the home minister’s residence at 4 pm, a government official said.

Kejriwal had sought an appointment with Singh last week to request him to implement the top court’s verdict that laid down broad parameters for governance in Delhi.

The verdict that restricted the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to matters of land, police and public order has been used by the AAP government to claim control over services matters including transfer and posting of officers of Delhi government.

Hours after the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement last week, the Delhi government introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making the chief minister the approving authority.

However, the services department refused to comply, saying the Supreme Court did not abolish the notification issued in 2015 which made the Minister of Home Affairs the authority for transfers and postings.

Earlier, Kejriwal had said that it is very “dangerous” that the central government is advising the Lieutenant Governor not to follow the apex court’s order.

In a statement, the Home Ministry denied the charges.

The Centre and the LG have said that status quo needs to be maintained since the services control matter is pending before the regular bench of the Supreme Court.

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