Former Union Home Secretary Anil Baijal on Saturday morning took oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi in the capital.
Baijal was administered the oath by Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini at his office. The post had fallen vacant after the sudden resignation of Najeeb Jung.
A 1969 batch IAS officer, Baijal had served as Union Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, besides holding key positions in other ministries.
Seventy-year-old Baijal, whose appointment was approved by President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, had retired from service in 2006 as Secretary, Urban Development Ministry. He is a former vice chairman of Delhi Development Authority.
Baijal was actively associated with the designing and roll-out of Rs 60,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission launched by the Manmohan Singh government.
The former bureaucrat was on the executive council of the think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation, several of whose former members have been appointed to senior positions by the Modi government including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Jung had submitted his resignation on 22 December, ending a nearly three-and-half-year-long eventful tenure, mostly marked by bitter confrontation with the AAP government.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)