Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal routinely accuses the Narendra Modi-led Central government of "Hitlershahi and autocracy". The latest instance being the arrest of his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the transfer of 11 senior officials. Except that now, there is a growing army of officials in the Delhi government turning against Kejriwal for the very same reason.
Senior Delhi government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, alleged that Kejriwal himself unilaterally decides all transfers and postings in Delhi, completely bypassing the Chief Secretary. The command structure is additionally vitiated by Kejriwal's bullying of officials to follow his orders arbitrarily without following the mandatory guidelines and rules prescribed for the purposes of carrying out official work, they say.Exerting absolute control in this manner indicates that Kejriwal himself must be fully accountable for all lapses in governance and administrative efficiency in his government. The only thing Kejriwal doesn't have control over is the Delhi police, which is a law enforcement arm, so he cannot blame serious governance issues/corruption coverups on this. Yet, he seeks to divert all blame to the Centre.
In the light of growing evidence against Rajendra Kumar, Kejriwal, who earlier defended him vigorously, has abstained from making any press statement in the past few days, leaving it to his Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia to continue to bemoan the loss of the "IIT-educated, brilliant and talented" Kumar with "honest image", while alleging a conspiracy by the Modi government, motivated by "political vendetta", to strip the Delhi government of all such "talent".
This is despite the fact that the CBI also arrested Tarun Sharma, Deputy Secretary in Kejriwal's office, Ashok Kumar, a close aide of Rajendra Kumar and Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Gupta — both owners of Endeavour Systems. Ashok Kumar has confessed to taking bribes from Endeavour at the behest of Rajendra Kumar.
Sisodia had made three other charges against the Centre: That it is using vendetta politics to paralyse the Delhi government by slapping the CBI case on Rajendra Kumar and transferring its senior, honest and talented officials; that the transfers were done without consulting the Chief Secretary; and that the Centre is "threatening" good officers with transfers to remote areas without their families solely on account of them working for Kejriwal.