Even as the AAP government seemed determined to table the Jan Lokpal Bill this Assembly session, bypassing the Centre and the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, the chief minister’s office had sought an appointment from the Union Home Minister to discuss the “constitutional validity” of the Bill, sources said.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reportedly wanted to meet Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to discuss the Bill and the provisions to shift control of the Delhi Police from the Centre to the Delhi government.
A senior Home Ministry official said, “There was a request from the chief minister, but nothing could be fixed due to the ongoing Parliament session. They wanted to discuss the Jan Lokpal Bill along with transfer of control of the Delhi Police to the Delhi government.”
Kejriwal’s media advisor, however, denied that the CM’s office had approached the home minister for an appointment.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Law Ministry replied to the Lt-Governor’s office that the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, 2014, was a financial Bill and and it was “mandatory” for the government to get L-G Najeeb Jung’s approval before it is introduced in the Assembly.
Jung had written to Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday, seeking his ministry’s advice on whether the L-G’s approval was required before introducing the Bill in the Assembly and also whether Rules 55 and 56 of the Transaction of Business of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Rules, 1991, are constitutionally valid.