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AAP cries foul as nine advisors axed

AAP cries foul as nine advisors axed

In a move that could further aggravate the strained relations between the Centre and the Delhi Government, the appointments of nine advisers to Ministers, including the one to Deputy Chief Minister, were cancelled by the Centre on Tuesday. The orders to this effect were issued following clarification from the Union home ministry that these posts had been approved without taking prior permission from the Centre.

The appointments cancelled included those of Atishi Marlena, an adviser to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia; Arunoday Prakash, a media adviser to the Deputy Chief Minister; Amar Deep Tiwari, a media adviser to Law Minister Kailash Gahlot; Rajat Tiwari, the aide-de-camp to Power, Public Works Department, Health, Home and Industries Minister Satyendar Jain; and Raghav Chadha, an adviser to the Finance Minister, Mr. Sisodia.

"We will bring amendments in the IPC and CrPC during the next assembly session to ensure death penalty for those found guilty of raping minors and (set up) fast track courts so that trials get over in six months", he said.

Chadha, who is a chartered accountant, was appointed as an advisor to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia from 16 January to 31 March, 2016 to "use his talent" in preparation of the budget. He said the Narendra Modi government's order was a "conspiracy to derail" the "education revolution" in Delhi.

She was appointed to help Sisodia, also the Education Minister of Delhi, to improve schools and education system on a token salary of just Rs 1.

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The action was taken by Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on the basis of the recommendations made by the Home Ministry.

The AAP government had also alleged that it was not even allowed to choose officers of its choice to run the different ministries.

Sisodia, however, said that Chadha, Malhotra, Saxena and Tiwari were not working on these posts anymore, while the others were working on posts created during the previous governments.

"After considering the matter, the MHA has held that the creation of the new posts for accommodating the appointees is void ab-initio.since creation of these posts and subsequent appointments against the same is not vaild".


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