The South Corporation has decided to approach lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung against alleged ‘misbehaviour’ of the members of Delhi Assembly’s ‘Question and Reference Committee’.
Based on the feedback received from the officials who attended the meeting on Monday, the SDMC standing committee criticised the functioning of Assembly panel and blamed the Delhi government for putting ‘undue pressure’ on the officials to go beyond their legal capacity. The standing committee has passed a resolution to take legal action, if required, and also discuss the matter in house.
“The Q&R committee had convened meeting with commissioner on the basis of MLA Sourabh Bhardwaj complaint in assembly regarding no installation/ replacement of LED lights, outdoor gym equipments etc. But then the corporation’s officials were asked to take oath which is unlawful. The process is done only when summon is issued to the officials,” said Shailendra Singh, standing committee chairman.
According to him, the committee kept senior officers waiting for long time besides treating them badly. “Our committee never held any project related to AAP MLAs,” he said.
“When additional commissioner along with the SDMC engineer-in-chief appeared before the Q&R committee, the behaviour of committee member Saurabh Bhardwaj was inappropriate. He repeatedly harassed them despite providing of all the details,” said Farhad Suri, leader of opposition.
Suri said the meeting had been called on Bhardwaj’s complaint and he could not act like a judge in the matter.
The SDMC standing committee members also said the assembly panel tried to publicise the matter. “They reported in the media about contempt action against SDMC commissioner despite the fact that the SDMC Commissioner can never be summoned as witness as per sub- Rule 172 of the Legislative Assembly,” said Subhash Arya, leader of house.
On the other hand, Bhardwaj said the standing committee is a political body and could not be the spokesperson for the officials. “If officials have any problem they can take the issue with the chief secretary. Our committee has done everything within the constitutional provision. We invited the media because we want to keep everything transparent. If the SDMC thinks that any unlawful thing has happened that it can challenge it in court,” he said.
“Unfortunately the additional commissioner who represented commissioner has no answers for the decision taken by him. Also, commissioner is trying to avoid the answers about his arbitrary decision on files,” said Bhardwaj.