Delhi Lt Governor Locks Up Top Official’s Office Amid Row With AAP

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Delhi Lt Governor Locks Up Top Official's Office Amid Row With AAP

The order was issued by Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena

New Delhi:

In a fresh stand-off between the Aam Aadmi Party and Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena, the office of the vice chairperson of Delhi government’s think thank has been locked up over alleged misuse of public office for political gains.

Jasmine Shah, the vice chairperson of Delhi government’s think thank Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi, has been restricted from using his Shamnath Marg office. 

Al other “facilities and privileges” that Jasmine Shah enjoyed, including his official vehicle and staff, stand withdrawn with immediate effect, the order, which was issued late last evening, says. 

Sources say Mr Saxena has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to remove Jasmine Shah from the post of vice chairman of DDCD. The post is equivalent to the rank of a Delhi government minister. 

The order comes a month after Mr Shah was issued a show cause notice by the Lieutenant Governor following a complaint filed by BJP MP Parvesh Verma alleging misuse of public office. 

In his complaint, Parvesh Verma alleged that “while working as vice-chairperson of DDCD, Jasmine Shah has acted as the official spokesperson of AAP for political gains, which is in violation of established procedures.”

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