For the second day running, the Delhi government on Tuesday took on the Centre over the arrest of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, saying prime minister Narendra Modi did not like educated and talented people in the Capital.
Kumar was on Tuesday sent to police custody for five days.
“Rajendra Kumar is a good officer. We have heard only good things about him. He is an IITian and awarded by the prime minister for his work in e-governance but Modi sahab doesn’t like talented people. People like Raghuram Rajan and Arvind Subramanian aren’t allowed to work. A climate is created where talented people don’t want to stay and work here,” deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.
“Similarly, Kumar is not being allowed to work. Talented men and women from good institutes are not welcome. A message is being sent that if they want to do good work in Delhi, they will be sent to jail and defamed. They want officers who scream ‘Modi, Modi’. They only want sycophants. Talented people cannot work in Delhi,” said Sisodia.
Two officers from the CM’s office – Rajendra Kumar and deputy secretary to the CM’s office Tarun Sharma – were arrested by the CBI on Monday and additional secretary to the CM, Gitika Sharma, was transferred.
Sisodia said all of this was done to threaten officers working in Delhi.
“The Centre is trying to run a parallel unelected government in Delhi. It is nothing short of sabotage and a conspiracy. Modiji claims he believes in federalism. But is this how you run a federal government by weakening the state government and raiding the chief minister’s office? The Centre wants to give a message to the officers that if you do good work for Delhi you will be transferred to Andaman or Lakshadweep or sent to jail,” he said.
Sidodia recalled the transfer of former VAT commissioner Vijay Kumar.
“Vijay Kumar was doing very good work. All of a sudden he was transferred to Lakshadweep just before Diwali when VAT collection in Delhi is highest. We requested the home ministry to reconsider the decision but it denied, saying Lakshadweep needed his service.
“He was transferred back to Delhi after six months as principal secretary at L-G office. What changed in just six months that he was called back to Delhi that too without consulting the state government?” Sisodia asked.