MHA declares Arvind Kejriwal govt's suspension of DANICS-cadre officers 'null and void'

Delhi government bureaucrats today went on mass leave to protest against the suspension of two DANICS-cadre officers.

MHA declares Arvind Kejriwal govt's suspension of DANICS-cadre officers 'null and void'

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

The Delhi government on Wednesday suspended two senior officers of its Home Department after they refused to sign on a Cabinet decision file, following which around 200 DANICS-cadre officers today went on mass leave to protest against the suspension.

Around 200 DANICS officers went on mass leave while 70 IAS officers have gone on half-day leave, showing solidarity with the suspended officers.

Yashpal Garg, special secretary (Prosecution), and Subhash Chandra, special secretary (Prisons), have been suspended, a Delhi government spokesperson confirmed.

The action, threatening to blow into another AAP-Centre confrontation, was taken after Garg and Chandra refused to sign a file pertaining to the Cabinet decision to increase salary of public prosecutors, the spokesperson said.

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

"This is a very big issue that DANICS-cadre officers are on mass leave today. The way Kejriwal is running the government has created mess. I don't think the Delhi Government has any right to be in power for even one day. The Chief Minister should answer as to why such situation has arised," Gupta said.

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