OK to DCW Chief, But L-G Najeeb Jung Says He is Still the Boss
LG Najeeb Jung has finally given his go-ahead and cleared Swati Maliwal’s appointment to the post of DCW Chief.
Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday approved the appointment of Swati Maliwal as chief of Delhi Commission for Women, days after her “unilateral” nomination by AAP government was struck down by him, triggering a fresh round of confrontation between the two sides.
Jung gave the consent to appointment of 30-year-old Maliwal and three other members, handpicked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after the Delhi government sent him a fresh note heeding to his directive to follow the laid down process.
“The file pertaining to appointment of Maliwal and other members of the DERC has been cleared,” sources said.
On Friday, Jung had returned the file pertaining to Maliwal’s appointment but said he would have no hesitation in clearing it if proper process is followed.
The Lt Governor had struck down her appointment on Tuesday last week, a day after she took charge of the Commission, asserting that ‘government’ in Delhi meant the LG and his consent for any such appointment was necessary.
The LG’s move had triggered yet another bout of confrontation with Kejriwal accusing him of working at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The chief minister had also alleged that Jung had ordered locking of the DCW’s office.
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