New Delhi: In no mood to relent, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday rejected the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s decision to transfer home secretary Dharam Pal after he signed a notification appointing joint commissioner of Delhi Police M.K. Meena as new chief of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

Home secretary Pal had issued the order appointing Meena following Jung’s directives. People familiar with the matter said the Lt Governor has declared the order transferring Pal as “null and void." Earlier, government sources said the order was sent to Jung for approval.

The conflict over authority over the bureaucracy has been a major source of confrontation between the AAP government and the Lt Governor.

Jung had on Monday appointed Meena, superseding chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s hand-picked chief S.S. Yadav. The AAP government had reacted sharply to the decision.

Earlier, an additional commissioner-level officer used to head the ACB but the L-G on Monday elevated the rank of the head of the probe agency from additional commissioner to joint commissioner.

Meena is currently serving as joint commissioner of New Delhi range and the L-G’s order said he has been given additional charge of the ACB.

Today, the AAP government refused to allow Meena to take charge. The official, however, said he will comply with the L-G’s order. PTI

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