Former Indian Administrative Services officer Najeeb Jung was sworn-in as the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on Tuesday.
He has taken the charge at a time when the Capital is grappling with a range of challenges, including regularisation of unauthorised colonies and safety of women. Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Badar Durrez Ahmed administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Jung at a formal function that was attended by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and several of her Cabinet colleagues.
The 62-year-old Mr. Jung, however, refused to comment on his new assignment.
“I will talk to you after one week,” he said after the swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Jung, who was the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, was appointed the new the Lt. Governor last week in place of Tejendra Khanna. Mr. Khanna was not present at Tuesday’s function.
As the Lt. Governor, Mr. Jung will be in-charge of the Delhi Police and the Delhi Development Authority besides being the administrative head of the Delhi Government.
Ms. Dikshit welcomed Mr. Jung’s appointment and said: “We have a lot of expectations from him. We welcome his appointment.”
A former bureaucrat, Mr. Jung had joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1973 and served in various capacities at the Centre and Madhya Pradesh.
He resigned from the IAS when he was Joint Secretary (Exploration) in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.