Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Monday once again appealed Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to immediately dissolve the three-member committee set up to review Delhi government decisions, and return the files ‘impounded’ by the L-G office to the departments concerned.
In a letter to Jung, Sisodia said that the “failure to do so would cause unlawful obstruction in discharge of the Constitutional obligations of the Delhi Government”.
The letter comes two days after the L-G snubbed the ‘advise’ by the Delhi cabinet to dissolve the committee. Instead, Jung on Friday gave the three-member committee, scrutinising over 400 files of the government, an extension of six weeks to submit its report.
In his letter, the deputy CM urged the L-G to “observe and respect the division of powers”. He wrote that a “dangerous precedent was being set by the office of L-G by unsettling the decisions taken by the government long after they had been implemented”.
“As per the rules, a minister is not required to refer any matter to the L-G except in certain cases which are categorically specified. The council recognises L-G’s prerogative to call the minister for discussion with an endeavour to resolve any difference of opinion with any minister in respect of a decision taken by him under Rule 49 of the Transaction of Business Rules,” Sisodia said.
“The Council also recognises that in case LG wishes to refer any matter for consideration of the Council, such recourse is available under Rule 49 of TBR and Section 45 of GNCTD Act, 1991. The Council has dutifully followed the administrative practices and constitutional conventions well established for the past 25 years” he added.
Officials said the Delhi Government has been continuously making attempts to resolve the issues. “The Delhi Government had earlier written to the Shunglu Committee. Post the cabinet resolution, write to the LG and now again the deputy CM has written to the LG,” an official said.