The Delhi High Court pulled up the Centre for “not doing anything” about the proposal sent by the AAP government to revise the pay scales of public prosecutors of the district courts here.
“You (Centre) are not doing anything about the proposal,” Justice J R Midha said, asking why it was not giving its go ahead to it, despite the fact that the revised salaries are to be paid by the Delhi Government.
“The manner in which the file is moving shows that the Centre is not interested in doing anything,” the court said, adding that the file was sent to the LG in September last year, after which it was sent to the President of India for his approval, as the Delhi government did not have power to decide service related issues.
“This is a minor thing, You resolve it,” the court advised Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who appeared for the Centre.
The Judge said he was “disturbed” after reading the file, as the Centre had put hundreds of objection in it, which was “not warranted”.
The judge also asked why the Finance Ministry was sitting on the file for over six months.
Delhi government counsel Rahul Mehra submitted that they had sent the cabinet note in December last to the LG approving hike in the salary of the prosecutors.
Mehra contended that the LG had put a stay on the proposal and sent it to the President on the ground that service matters do not lie within the Delhi Government’s domain.
The court was hearing a petition filed through advocate Ashish Dixit seeking contempt action against the Home Secretary for not complying with the court’s September 9, 2015 order.
The court in its September 2015 order had directed the Delhi Government that the decision to increase the pay scales of Delhi public prosecutors be implemented without delay.