The Union home ministry has declared the commission of inquiry constituted by the Delhi government to look into the affairs of the Delhi and District Cricket Board (DDCA) is “null and void”, sources said.
The ministry’s decision was based on the fact that only the Centre and states were allowed to form a commission of inquiry. As Delhi was a special state – with no powers to regulate land and police and partial control over services matters – it couldn’t constitute such a panel.
The notification for the one-member commission of inquiry to look into DDCA affairs between January 1, 1992 and November 30, 2015 was issued by the Delhi government’s vigilance department.
The commission is headed by noted lawyer Gopal Subramaniam. The mandate of the commission is to conduct an inquiry into the working, management and administration of the DDCA.
When asked about the decision, a home ministry spokesperson said, “Please check with the office of Delhi’s lieutenant governor.” But sources said the home ministry has declared the commission of inquiry null and void. The L-G’s office could not be reached for comments.
The home ministry had been mulling over the constitutionality of the commission of inquiry for quite some time.
The view in the ministry was that the Delhi government issued the notification without the approval of L-G Najeeb Jung and the city government was not competent to constitute such an inquiry.
An earlier commission of inquiry instituted by the Delhi government to look into the CNG fitness certificate issue was also declared null and void as the ministry held the Delhi government was not a competent authority to set up this kind of inquiry under the provisions of the Constitution and the Commission of Inquiry Act of 1952. The Aggarwal commission of inquiry was constituted on August 11.
But despite being declared null and void by the Centre, the Delhi government refused to disband the Aggarwal commission of inquiry and the issue of its validity is now pending in court.