Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday urged Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to reconsider his decision to revoke the appointment of Krishna Saini as chairperson of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, in public interest.
The L-G’s office had on Monday cancelled Saini’s appointment, saying it was done without Jung’s approval as mandated under rules and procedures. Jung directed the Delhi government to restart the appointment process.
In his reply, Kejriwal requested the L-G to revoke the order and said all required procedures were followed by the AAP government for Saini’s selection.
In his 27-page note to Jung, Kejriwal said revoking Saini’s appointment would only lead to “serious problems” for the power department and a huge adverse impact on the consumer, which could not have been the “intention” of the Lt Governor. He offered to meet Jung to request him to reconsider his decision.
“The entire selection process was conducted in a fair and transparent manner and in full conformity with law while bearing public interest in mind. There is not an iota of mala fide, bias or other irregularity in the process,” Kejriwal said in the note.
Kejriwal said the government sent copies of the appointment order of the selection committee and the appointment order of the chairman to the L-G’s office, but no objection was raised nor any relevant files called for.
“The Lieutenant Governor is aware this is a curable defect, even if we assume that it was a defect. Thus, I would urge him to review his order in public interest,” he added.
The CM said since the AAP government has challenged the high court order making the L-G the administrator of Delhi, the matter is sub-judice and that it would be appropriate to await the final orders of the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, sources in the L-G’s office said they received the communication and that the secretariat will follow due procedure.
On August 4, Delhi High Court ruled that the L-G was the administrator of Delhi. Following this order, Jung formed a three-member committee to review the decisions of the AAP government which came to power in February 2015.