9 Arvind Kejriwal Aides Sacked By Centre


New Delhi: The centre has set up another confrontation with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, cancelling appointment of nine advisers and consultants to the Aam Aadmi Party government because the finance ministry had not sanctioned the posts.

The nine include Atishi Marlena, the adviser to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who AAP says, was appointed on a token monthly salary of just Re 1 to help the government improve education standards at schools.

A government order issued today said the appointments by the Delhi Cabinet, which created the posts of consultants and advisers back in 2015, had been done “by an agency not competent under the law to do so”.

The order, cleared by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, comes a week after the Home Ministry said these posts hadn’t been approved by the central government as required under a 1997 circular, and reiterated in 2015.