Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has ‘appealed’ to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to immediately dissolve the three-member committee set up by the latter to look into 400 files of the AAP government with alleged irregularities. The committee is headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu.
Sisodia has asked Jung’s office to return the files, claiming it had ‘impounded’ the files.
“Failure to do so would cause unlawful obstruction in discharge of the constitutional obligations of the Delhi government,” he said. The deputy chief minister has urged the Lt Governor to “respect” the division of powers, said a statement issued by the government.
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“As per the rules, a minister is not required to refer any matter to the Lt Governor, except in certain cases which are categorically specified.
The Council recognises LG’s prerogative to call the minister for discussion with an endeavour to resolve any difference of opinion with any minister in respect of a decision taken by him under Rule 49 of the Transaction of Business Rules. The Council also recognises that in case LG wishes to refer any matter for consideration of the Council, such recourse is available under Rule 49 of TBR and Section 45 of GNCTD Act, 1991. The Council has dutifully followed the administrative practices and constitutional conventions well established for the past 25 years,” said Sisodia.