New Delhi: In a fresh standoff between the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and the AAP dispensation, the Union home ministry on Tuesday backed the former saying no appointment can be made in the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the Delhi government without his nod.

Justifying the Lt Governor’s authority over appointments in the ACB, a senior home ministry official said as per the CrPC, the ACB is a police station and the police in Delhi comes under the Lt Governor.

“The L-G is the final and the competent authority for appointments of police and hence approval of the Lt Governor is necessary while appointing anyone in ACB as it is also a police station," the official said. It also argued that an SHO of any state cannot be appointed in any other state arbitrarily without the stamp of approval of the competent authority.

The home ministry’s backing of the Lt Governor comes in the wake of the latest standoff between him and Arvind Kejriwal government over the latter’s move to appoint police officers from Bihar in the ACB of Delhi.

On its part, the AAP government justified the move and made a stinging attack on the Lt Governor and the Centre while asserting that it has “full power" to hire officials for the ACB.

“Delhi Government has full power to take police officers from anywhere in the country. Previously too it had been done. The Centre is making a joke of everything. Sometimes they make L-G to say that officers will come under it, sometimes they make L-G to say ACB will come under it.

“They will not obey the Constitution, Court order and the law. They may say someday that they will run the White House through the L-G," deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.

The AAP government in Delhi and the Lt Governor have been involved in a public spat over his powers vis-a-vis an elected government.

The Centre had on 21 May issued a notification siding with the Lt Governor. The Supreme Court on 29 May refused to stay the observations of the Delhi high court, which had termed as “suspect" the recent Centre’s notification clipping powers of the AAP government, saying they were “only tentative in nature" without expressing any opinion on its validity.

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