Centre’s opinion not binding, DDCA probe will continue: Kejriwal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 09, 2016 00:54 IST
Finance minister Arun Jaitley walks past the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during the Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 in Kolkata on Friday. The two are currently at loggerheads over the alleged DDCA scandal. (AFP)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that probe into the alleged financial irregularities of DDCA will continue, a day after the Union home ministry deemed an inquiry committee set up by the state government as illegal.

Kejriwal said the probe commission will continue to work and the Centre’s opinion was not binding on the state government.

He said the commission has been appointed in accordance with the Constitution and asked the lieutenant governor, the Union home ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office to approach the judiciary in case they were “aggrieved” with the inquiry panel. A formal notification of the panel was issued on December 22 last year.

“DDCA inquiry commission set up by Del Govt is as per law n constitution of India. Centre’s opinion not binding on Del govt. Commission will continue work. If L-G or MHA or PMO aggrieved, they may approach Court. Only a court order can stop commission’s work (sic.),” said Kejriwal in a series of tweets.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia too said that the MHA missive on the issue denotes nothing more than a ‘difference in opinion’ on the matter. “The Centre can have a different view on any issue. Delhi government is not subordinate to the Centre. They can go and challenge it in court,” he told reporters.

A number of other AAP leaders too questioned the MHA’s position and cited example of an inquiry commission constituted by the Sheila Diskhit government in 2012 in an old Delhi orphanage case.

Delhi Congress president, however, said the comparison was unfair as the Congress government constituted it with prior approval from the Centre and the AAP government’s initiative was ‘political’ and would nothing to get to the roots of corruption in DDCA.

“Not only Sheila Dikshit, a similar panel was formed by the Madan Lal Khurana government too. But they were done with prior approval from L-G…The government clearly knows that Delhi is a Union Territory and L-G is the competent authority. They tried a similar thing in the CNG fitness case, which is now sub-judice. But the government is still going ahead as they just want to gain political mileage,” Maken told reporters.

The Congress leader added that if the AAP government was serious in exposing the wrongdoings in DDCA, it should move high court and demand a court-monitored CBI inquiry.

“We demanded the formation of a joint parliamentary committee in the Parliament. I would suggest the state government to move the court instead of doing things which was not going to yield any returns,” said Maken.

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