Following the constitution of a three-member committee to scrutinise files of the Delhi government for “irregularities”, the Lieutenant Governor has ordered the panel to submit its final report within six weeks of its first meeting.
The panel comprises former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu, former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami and former central vigilance commissioner Pradeep Kumar.
“The committee may submit its interim reports and recommendations to the Lt Governor from time to time, and submit the final report within six weeks of its first meeting,” stated the order.
The terms and reference to the committee list eight points on which it has to form the report. This is to determine whether the decisions taken in these files and the process adopted were in “violation of the extant acts/rules and the constitutional schemes for governance of GNCTD”.
The order stated, “Determine whether such violations were wrong, illegal or deliberate acts of omission or commission; specifically examine the role played by the public functionaries or officers of GNCTD and of any other individual related to these violators and fix responsibility; recommend appropriate administrative, criminal, civil action for recovery of financial loss to government exchequer against the officers or individuals concerned; recommend action to be taken on each of the files, including whether the decision can or cannot be regularised by the LG.”
The order adds that the “committee will work on outlining the administrative, legal and financial repercussions of these decisions” and will “make other recommendations, including further inquiry in specific cases”. “Any other matter may be referred to the LG by the committee,” stated the order.
The panel was formed after the HC held that the LG was the administrative head of the capital. “The contention of the government of NCT Delhi, that the LG is bound to act only on the aid and advice of council of ministers… is without substance,” said an official. The LG received more than 400 files after he asked the heads of departments to identify instances where orders were passed without his approval.
The Supreme Court Friday will hear a clutch of appeals filed by government against the HC order that had given primacy to the LG in matters of administration.