Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has appealed that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung should immediately dissolve the three-member committee set up by him and return the files impounded by the Lt Governor’s office to the concerned Departments. Failure to do so would “cause unlawful obstruction in discharge of the Constitutional obligations of the Delhi Government,” he added.
Post a Cabinet decision on October 14, 2016, Mr Sisodia in a letter to the LG said that the Delhi Cabinet in its meeting on October 14, 2016, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, noted that there is no provision in the Constitution, or in any statute or rule, whatsoever, which empowers setting up of an external committee to enquire into the ongoing projects of public welfare, question officers and threaten to recommend criminal and administrative action against them.
Mr Sisodia pointed out the dangerous precedent being set by the office of LG by unsettling the decisions taken by the government long after they had been implemented. The recourse to such enquiry committee is also in opposition to extant rules and constitutional conventions, he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister reiterated that the Delhi Government should be allowed to function pursuant to public mandate and in consonance with the Constitution and any attempt towards miscarriage of governance should be warded off by all concerned, including the Lt Governor.
It may be recalled that the Delhi Government has been continuously making attempts to resolve the issues. The Delhi Government had earlier written to the Shunglu Committee, post the cabinet resolution, written to the LG and now again to the LG.