Even as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal justified his decision to remove Delhi Commission of Women chairperson Barkha Singh, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday returned the file on the matter to the Delhi Government.
Jung asked the government to explain why it wanted to change the head of the commission.
Singh met the L-G on Thursday and complained that the newly-elected Delhi Government was keen to oust her only because she summoned Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti following a complaint by Ugandan nationals residing in Khirki Extension.
"The L-G has returned the file to us asking why the government wants to reconstitute the DCW," said a senior government official.
Singh has also refused to step down as her term is still to end. "I have handed over a rule book of DCW to the L-G so that he gets to know that the government cannot remove the DCW chairperson. They have become dictators. They are acting according to their whims and fancies," said Singh, a former Congress MLA from RK Puram.
The Delhi Government recommended Hindi novelist Maitreyi Pushpa’s name for the post. "We want experts and non-political persons to head various commissions and boards. Politicians should not head DCW and other commissions and boards. Maitreyi Pushpa will be joining on a salary of Rs1," Kejriwal said.