<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said the 400 files of the Delhi Government show “grave misdemeanours” and are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Saturday accused the former of openly threatening the democratically elected government, adding it ‘unmasks the ulterior motive’ behind setting up of the three-member Shunglu Committee.”It is a matter of deep regret that the Central government’s appointee, the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Mr Najeeb Jung, is openly threatening to unleash the CBI upon the democratically elected government of Delhi,” said the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in a statement issued here.The Delhi Government further said, “The unfortunate statement of Mr Jung was issued through an official press release on Friday evening. All major newspapers and TV channels have prominently published the said statement. It is a new low in the already blatant politicisation and misuse of the premier investigation agency of the country. Besides, it also unmasks the ulterior motive behind setting up of the three-member Shunglu Committee, whose formation was anyway in violation of the Constitution of India and the GNCTD Act.”The Council of Ministers of the Delhi Government had on Friday advised the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve this committee and return the 400 odd files “illegally” impounded by him, the statement claimed, adding that the Council had noted with deep concern as to how the Committee’s illegal functioning was crippling various ongoing projects of public welfare.”But instead of addressing the constitutional issues of legality and propriety raised by the Government of Delhi, Mr Jung regretfully chose to respond in an unconstitutional and partisan manner. His public statement only goes to highlight the deep crisis in our federal democracy,” said the AAP government.The government alleged that increasingly, the high offices of Governors and Lieutenant Governors are being politically misused to sabotage democratically elected governments. The Lieutenant Governor in a statement issued on Friday said, “The truth hidden behind the 400-odd files must come out and be brought into public domain. If everything, as claimed, is as per rules, then why is the elected government afraid of the truth coming out? Some misdemeanours are of the gravity that already these matters are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming as “illegal” the panel set up by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to scrutinise 400 files, Delhi Government on Tuesday requested it to discontinue work till the Supreme Court verdict on powers of the LG. The decision to ask the three-member panel to stop scrutiny of files was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal which observed that the exercise has brought government’s “important works” to a halt.”During discussion, the Cabinet found that Lt Governor doesn’t have any power to constitute such panel to examine files of Delhi government and that it is illegal. As the members of panel are eminent persons, we request them not to scrutinise files till the Supreme Court rules in the matter,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.Jung last month had constituted the panel to examine around 400 files. It was claimed that they contained “infirmities and irregularities” and that decisions based on the file notings were violative of laid down norms and procedures.The appointment of the panel comprising former CAG V K Shunglu, former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and ex-Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar, came after Delhi High Court ruled that the Lt Governor is the administrative head of the city government. The AAP government had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court order and the apex court listed the matter for final hearing on November 15.The Cabinet noted that the three-member panel was also summoning officers in connection with its examination of these files and in the entire process, the respective ministers are being kept in dark. The Delhi Cabinet also resolved that Sisodia will write to members of panel to convey the concern of the Cabinet and also request it to keep its functioning in abeyance till the apex court gives order in the matter.The Cabinet also noted that neither the Constitution nor the GNCTD Act, 1991 or the Transaction of Business Rules made Lt Govenor confer any sanctity on appointment of such a committee or its examination of the current files of government. It further noted that the role, functions and powers of the LG vis-a-vis the elected government of Delhi is under consideration of the Supreme Court and the final hearing of the matter has been fixed for November 15.