“A front page report in Hindustan Times (edition of December 22, 2015) headlined ‘Questions hang over Delhi govt probe panel’ has glaring factual inaccuracies. The report says that an earlier decision of the Kejriwal government to set up a commission of inquiry to probe the CNG fitness scam has been stayed by the Delhi high court. This is a false assertion.
Some of the accused in the CNG fitness scam did approach the high court seeking a stay order and the court had declined their prayer. The matter is still pending before the court.
The report also wrongly mentions that the Delhi government is planning to set up a DDCA probe on the basis of a letter sent to it by the former UPA government at the Centre.
Similarly, the Hindustan Times edition of December 17, 2015 had reported that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was aware of the corruption charges against his principal secretary had factual inaccuracies. This report said that the chief minister had ignored a letter written by a public prosecutor on the alleged misbehavior of his principal secretary.
The Delhi government categorically and emphatically denies this baseless allegation.”
MC Maurya, Dy Director (Press) Directorate of Information and Publicity, Government of Delhi
HT Legal Editor responds
The report headlined ‘Questions hang over Delhi govt probe panel’ (Hindustan Times, edition of December 22, 2015) inadvertently and wrongly reported that the Delhi high court has stayed the commission of inquiry into the CNG fitness scam.
In fact, the court has restrained all parties concerned from taking coercive steps pursuant to the notification setting up the commission. Some accused in the CNG fitness scam also approached the high court seeking a stay on the operation of notification setting up the inquiry commission. The bench, headed by chief justice G Rohini, has issued notice to the Delhi government on this plea and the application is still pending before the court. The inaccuracy is regretted.