Recently inducted law minister Kapil Mishra will relinquish the post to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, it was decided on Monday as CM Arvind Kejriwal is said to be unhappy with the department’s performance.
Sisodia is the third law minister in the six-month old government. Jitender Singh Tomar first handled the portfolio before being removed over arrest in a fake degree row, followed by Mishra.
Deputy CM Sisodia, who heads education, finance, urban development and vigilance portfolios, will take up law department as an additional charge.
The decision was taken in a meeting of heads of departments presided by Kejriwal.
According to sources, the CM was unhappy with the department’s performance. He asked the law department coordinate with other departments to ensure the speedy clearing of cases and proposals.
Mishra, who also heads water and tourism, will continue to look after them.
“Mishra had too many departments to take care of and the Delhi chief minister felt that the law department needs more attention. It will also give Mishra more time to concentrate on water and tourism,” said a senior Delhi government official.
Recently, Mishra, who is the Delhi Jal Board chairperson, had also written to the CM that an FIR be filed against former CM Sheila Dikshit in the Water Tanker Supply Service project. In his letter, he raised concerns of attempt to destablise the government and removing him from his chair.
Sources said the CM was not happy with his remarks and the law department’s performance.
Principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party called the sudden move as connivance between Arvind Kejriwal and the Congress.
“Last week, Mishra who is also the chairman of Delhi Jal Board indicated that DJB’s tanker scam inquiry is complete and he intends to seek approval of the CM to file an FIR against former CM Sheila Dikshit and others.
In this context the opinion of the law department would have been sought and Mishra would have pressed for approval speedily. After the Bihar alliance, Kejriwal can’t politically afford to have Dikshit arrested,” said Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay.