Kejriwal accuses Delhi LG of interference on DDCA

SansadTV Bureau
FILE: File photo of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.  Photo - PTI

FILE: File photo of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Photo – PTI

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are in the midst of new round of confrontation. Seeking Centre’s intervention, LG Najeeb Jung has questioned the legality of the initiation of inquiry by the Delhi government to probe the alleged irregularities in Delhi’s cricket body – DDCA.

“In a communication to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the LG has stated that the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 empowers only the Centre and state governments to appoint a commission of inquiry. Since, Delhi is a Union Territory, a commission of inquiry may be ordered only with the concurrence of the Centre, through the LG,” sources told the news agency.

“Also, the funding for the DDCA comes not only from Delhi but also other states and hence it is not just Delhi Government’s jurisdiction to conduct a probe,” the sources added further.

On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has now claimed that the action amounts to “unjustified interference” as the inquiry is “perfectly” legal.

Once again training guns on Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley, he said, “Jaitley should cooperate with the commission of enquiry and stop misusing the LG house. I also hope that Rajnath Singh will not try to shield him by obstructing the probe”.

“We are not scared when all the agencies under them including police CBI, DRI are after us, why are they scared with one commission of enquiry,” Delhi Chief Minister added.

Arvind-Kejriwal-gen-1On his part, Arvind Kejriwal also claimed that the Transaction Business Rules (TBR) clarify that this file is not needed to be sent to LG for clearance.

“According to the Constitution, LG has three subjects under him- police, public order and land. According to the TBR, no other file should go to LG for clearance, he is not a dictator,” Kejriwal said adding, “The rule says that the commission of enquiry can be instituted by the Cabinet and Legislative Assembly, they are empowered to do so”.

Besides, the Delhi Government also issued a statement terming the action by LG as unjustified interference in the functioning of a democratically elected Government.

“This action clearly amounts to unjustified interference in the functioning of a democratically elected government. It is unconstitutional and violates the Transaction of Business Rules, 1993. This is the second instance within four months when the LG has unsuccessfully tried to block Delhi Government’s decision to probe cases of Corruption,” the statement read.

AAP-led Delhi government had earlier this week appointed a 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, and asked it to submit its report within three months.

The government had said that the one-member Commission of Inquiry will identify any acts of omission and commission by DDCA and its office-bearers during the period between January 1, 1992 and November 30, 2015 and fix responsibility. The state cricket body had been headed by Arun Jaitley for around 13 years from 1999 to 2013.

(With inputs from the PTI)