Another probe panel of Kejriwal declared illegal by LG

Commission was to look into alleged irregularities in cricket association once headed by Arun Jaitley

GN Bureau | January 8, 2016



Delhi’s lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has termed state government’s appointment of former solicitor general and top lawyer Gopal Subramaniam to investigate the alleged venality at the cricket body as illegal and unconstitutional.

The union home ministry had also declared the one-person commission “null and void” because 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 LG’s office wrote to the Delhi government on Friday, striking down a panel set up by the Aam Aadmi Party administration to probe alleged irregularities in Delhi District Cricket Association, which was once headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley.  Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has been sued for defamation by Jaitley, whom he has accused of facilitating vast corruption during his 13 years as the head of the DDCA.

In a letter to the Delhi chief secretary, the L-G’s office said the union home ministry had held that the commission of inquiry set up by the AAP government was illegal and unconstitutional.

The view in the home ministry was that the Delhi government issued the notification without Jung’s approval 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.

But despite the adverse decision, the Delhi government refused to disband the Aggarwal commission of inquiry and the issue of its validity is now pending in court.

Comments

 

Other News

"We will be involving community volunteers to effectively police the park"

The work on Sunder Nursery, a lush green refuge from urban chaos in central Delhi, started in 2007, when the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) undertook a conservation and renewal proje

Namami Gange: Of promises and achievements

Twenty-six-year-old Surender is a ferryman in Varanasi. Surender and his family own three boats and their livelihood is dependent on taking tourists on a joyride on the Ganga. Recalling the time when he used to ride a boat with his grandfather, Surender says, “At that time Ganga water was so

Trouble on the metro line

The storm is yet to die out over the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited`s (MMRC) taking over 30 hectares of the famed Aarey colony, a green belt of mumbai, when another application has come in from MMRC demanding another 12,000 sq metres of land. The colony in Goregaon, inaugurated in 195

"Govt must allow open spaces which can serve as lungs for the city"

For years we had a tradition in Mumbai, particularly for all the trunk roads, to be avenues (boulevards). Though we continue to have trees in some parts of Mumbai, the fact is that we appear to have given up on this. Having trees and plants on streets and roads not only provides shade but also absorbs poll

Dry ATMs: Rahul takes a dig at govt

As media reports spoke of ATMs across the country going dry, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a dig at the government even as the finance ministry reviewed the situation and blamed it on “unusual demand for cash”. “Desh ke ATM sab phir se khali, Benkon ki haalat kya kar da

A hundred years ago: Lessons in civility

Gandhi was, as usual, busy on several fronts in April 1918. The previous year had witnessed his frst major satyagraha after returning to India, in Champaran. The previous month had witnessed his frst major political campaign in the chosen hometown of Ahmedabad, intervening in the mill-workers strike. B

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter