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DNA Morning Must Reads: Cong alleges Jung made to resign; Interview with Ex-NSA Shivshankar Menon; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Jung made to resign as he wanted to release Shunglu Committee report: CongressDelhi Congress chief Ajay Maken has claimed Najeeb Jung made to resign as he wanted to release Shunglu Committee report. The Congress leader also alleged that there was a ‘deal’ between BJP and AAP on the matter. Read more.2. Malta hijack ends peacefully as Muammar Gaddafi loyalists surrenderLibyan plane hijackers surrender, weapons used in plane hijack appear to be replicas. Read more.3. You can’t make foreign policy based on domestic political issues: Shivshankar MenonFormer National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon shares some of the insights from his first book “Choices-Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy”. Read more.4. Defying pressure, US lets UN denounce Israeli settlementsUN Security Council denounces Israeli settlements, US abstains. Read more.5. Michael Clarke, Piers Morgan question Virat Kohli’s omissionIndia Test captain omitted from ICC 2016 Test team despite scoring over 1,200 runs in Test cricket. Read more.

Delhi-Centre row: No precipitative action be taken on Shunglu report, AAP govt to SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP government on Monday told the Supreme Court that no “precipitative action” should be taken on the Shunglu committee report till the apex court adjudicates the Delhi-Centre row.A bench of justices A K Sikri and A M Sapre said the aspect of Shunglu committee will be taken up on December 5 when a detailed hearing of the matter will take place.Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, appearing for Delhi government, said that Shunglu committee has filed its report to the Lieutenant Governor and there are various apprehensions about the report.”A stay should be granted on the Shunglu committee report that no precipitative action be taken on it,” he said.Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Centre, said the report was filed on Sunday and no one knows what is there in it.The bench, however, said all issues will be taken up on December 5.The Shunglu Committee, which submitted its report yesterday, was formed by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on August 30 to examine over 400 files on decisions taken by AAP regime.The committee was chaired by former CAG V K Shunglu with ex-chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami and ex-chief vigilance commissioner Pradeep Kumar as its members.An apex court judge had on November 15 rescued from hearing Delhi government’s appeals against the High Court verdict which had held that LG was the administrative head whose prior consent is needed in all administrative decisions.The apex court had said that all interim applications will be taken up together.On September 9, it had refused to grant an interim stay on the Delhi High Court’s August 4 verdict and sought response within six weeks from the Centre on seven appeals of AAP dispensation.It had also declined to stay the decision of LG Jung to set up a three-member committee to scrutinise over 400 files and past orders of the elected city government.On September 2, the Delhi government had informed Supreme Court that it had filed seven different pleas challenging the HC order and withdrawn its civil suit seeking declaration of the national capital as a full State.Last month, the Delhi Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had passed a resolution advising the LG to dissolve the committee arguing that “impounding” of the files is “creating hurdles” in the works of government.The LG had given the committee a six-week extension and rejected city government’s request to dissolve the panel, saying the “truth hidden behind these files” must come out.The committee’s tenure was to end on December 2. It was examining any “irregularities” and “infirmities” in the files of the Delhi government.In its verdict, the Delhi High Court had rejected several pleas challenging the LG’s authority after which he had ordered examining of the files.

Delhi Government accuses LG Najeeb Jung of threatening in name of CBI

<!– /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.”

LG Jung refuses to dissolve Shunglu Committee, AAP calls him ‘BJP Spokesperson’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday intensified its attack on LG Najeeb Jung, calling him a “spokesperson of BJP” after he rejected the Delhi government’s advice to dissolve the Shunglu Committee, which is examining 400 files on decisions taken by the Arvind Kejriwal regime.Senior party leader Ashutosh questioned the legality under which the Shunglu Committee is examining the files on decisions taken by the Delhi government.”Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung should stop behaving like a political spokesperson of his latest adopted outfit — the BJP. He is hiding behind the Narendra Modi government to cover-up his unconstitutional and illegal actions,” he said.The Kejriwal government had yesterday advised Jung to dissolve the Shunglu Committee, which is examining 400 files on decisions taken by the AAP regime, but he turned down the request and gave the panel a six-week extension. Jung had formed the committee chaired by Shunglu on August 30 and ex-chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami and ex-chief vigilance commissioner Pradeep Kumar are also its members.In a three-page press statement, Jung wondered why the AAP government is “afraid” of the truth coming out if everything, as claimed by its ministers, is as per rules.”We have made it clear time and again that why can’t the L-G wait until the Supreme Court gives its decision. The AAP and the Delhi government cannot be cowed down by the threat of using the CBI for political vendetta against us.” “The AAP government is not afraid of Jung’s machinery and falsehoods being spread by him,” Ashutosh said.He also questioned whether Jung can cite a single rule under which Delhi government officers are being verbally summoned before the unconstitutional and illegal committee.”Why is the Delhi L-G unable to state under which provision of the Constitution, law or rule has he formed a three-member committee to examine the Delhi government files?” he said.”On whose illegal instructions did Jung form this committee, about which he is fumbling for words to explain under which law/rule this committee has been formed? Can he deny that he is violating his oath of office and secrecy by showing official files to outsider individuals?” the AAP leader said.

AAP govt’s ‘feedback unit’ under scrutiny of Lt Guv panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A three-member panel appointed by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to scrutinise 400 files of Delhi Government is also examining a cabinet decision to set up a feedback unit comprising retired police and security experts to oversee implementation of various schemes. The Delhi Cabinet in September last year had decided to set up the unit to keep an eye on implementation of various schemes.Delhi Government sources said the unit was never set up and it remained a decision. They also called the news reports about the unit’s formation as totally baseless. It is understood that the panel, set up by the Lt Governor to examine the files after the Delhi High Court ruled that the LG is the administrative head of the city government, was also looking into the file pertaining to the cabinet decision on setting up the feedback unit.As per reports, the unit functioned directly under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and comprised retired police officials among others.In August, Jung 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 LG’s panel comprised of former CAG V K Shunglu, former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and ex-Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar.Kejriwal government had termed the panel as “illegal” and had asked the members to halt work till its petition challenging the HC order is decided by the Supreme Court.

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