L-G Jung red flags DDCA inquiry commission, Kejriwal cries foul
Seeking the Centre’s intervention, Lieutenant-Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung has questioned the legality of appointment of inquiry by Arvind Kejriwal government to probe DDCA issue, triggering a new round of confrontation with the chief minister.india Updated: Dec 26, 2015 00:14 IST
The inquiry commission constituted by the AAP government to look into the functioning of DDCA has run into trouble, with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung questioning the legality of its appointment while chief minister Arvind Kejriwal saying the matter was out of the L-G’s purview.
Sources said L-G has sought the Centre’s intervention on the matter, triggering a new round of confrontation with the AAP government.
Incidentally, former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium, who is heading the one-man inquiry commission, told a news channel earlier this week that he would begin probe after a gazette notification is issued with the L-G’s signature.
“Due to holidays, I cannot confirm or deny receiving any communication from the Delhi L-G with regard to constitution of a commission of inquiry to look into the affairs of the DDCA. Once we get it, it will be thoroughly examined to see on what ground the Delhi government wants to establish it. Only then we will be able to take a call on it,” said a home ministry official requesting anonymity.
The L-G is also believed to have cited that the inquiry into the CNG fitness kit scam set up by the Kejriwal government earlier was set aside by the Union home ministry on the same ground.
Delhi CM?Arvind Kejriwal, however, countered such theories on Friday claiming that the action amounts to “unjustified interference” as the inquiry is “perfectly” legal.
“We are not scared even when all the agencies under them, including police, CBI, DRI, are after us. Why are they scared with one commission of enquiry,” he said.
Kejriwal also maintained that the Transaction Business Rules (TBR), legislated by the Parliament, make it clear that this file is not needed to be sent to L-G for clearance.
“According to the Constitution, the L-G has three subjects under him — police, public order and land. According to the TBR, no other file should go to L-G for clearance…The rule says that the commission of enquiry can be instituted by the Cabinet and legislative assembly, they are empowered to do so. Raising objections to this is politics to save those who are corrupt,” he said on sidelines of an event.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Delhi Government termed the action by L-G as ‘unjustified interference’ in the functioning of a democratically elected government as it “violates the Transaction of Business Rules, 1993”.
Delhi government had earlier this week appointed the commission of inquiry, headed by former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium, to probe alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) between 1992 and 2015. The probe panel was asked to submit its report within three months.
However, speaking to a news channel earlier this week, Subramanium had said that he would begin probe after a gazette notification is issued. “I must also tell you that I am still not the commission of inquiry. I have to wait for a process of notification in the official gazette. After the Lieutenant Governor signs off on this order, I can set about my work,” he had said.