Another Delhi 'Jung' ensues: Tihar D-G quits, claims L-G didn't approve appointment

Senior IPS officer J K Sharma has stepped down as Director General of Tihar Jail claiming that the AAP government did not seek prior approval from the Lt Governor

PTI April 20, 2016 23:02:36 IST
Another Delhi 'Jung' ensues: Tihar D-G quits, claims L-G didn't approve appointment

New Delhi: A day after taking charge, senior IPS officer J K Sharma has stepped down as Director General of Tihar Jail claiming that the AAP government did not seek prior approval from the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung for his appointment.

In his letter to the Principal Secretary (Delhi Home Department) S N Sahai, Sharma said that since his appointment order has not been issued with the approval of competent authority (Lt Governor), the charge taken over by him is returned to the earlier officer who was holding it.

Another Delhi Jung ensues Tihar DG quits claims LG didnt approve appointment

Tihar jail. File photo. Reuters

On Tuesday, the AAP government issued an order to appoint Sharma as the new DG of Tihar even as sources in the LG's office said that the former did not seek prior approval to do the same and the appointment is 'non est' (does not exist).

Sharma, a 1982-batch IPS officer, who is DG (Home Guard), was given additional charge of DG (Prisons).

"With reference to order dated 19 April, 2016, I took over the look after charge of Director General (Prisons) in addition to my own duties as Director General (Home Guards) but since the order is not issued with the approval of competent authority, hence the charge taken over by the undersigned (Sharma) is hereby returned to the earlier officer who was holding the charge," Sharma said in his letter issued under the designation of DG (Prisons).

He, however, said that he will be "happy" to resume the DG (Prisons) charge on approval of the competent authority.

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