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AAP worries remain, govt turns to lawyers after babus’ no to take orders 

New Delhi: The refusal of bureaucrats to comply with the Delhi government’s directives amounts to contempt of court and the leadership is seeking legal opinion on the matter, said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday.

A day after the Supreme Court ruled that that Lieutenant Governor is bound by the elected government’s advice and cannot be an “obstructionist”, Sisodia said he appealed to officials and the Centre to abide by the judgement.

“The chief secretary has written to me saying the services department will not follow the orders. If they are not going to abide by it and the transfer files will still be seen by the L-G then it will amount to contempt of the constitution Bench,” Sisodia told reporters.

“We are consulting our lawyers about what can be done in the situation,” he said, adding that the Supreme Court had clearly stated that the LG has the power to interfere only in three subjects, which does not include the services department.

“I appeal to the officers as well as the Centre to abide by the Supreme Court judgement,” Sisodia said.

Hours after the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement yesterday, the Delhi government introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the approving authority.

However, the services department refused to comply, saying the Supreme Court did not abolish the notification issued in 2016 which made the Ministry of Home Affairs the authority for transfers and postings.

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