Delhi: Lt Governor Najeeb Jung says scrutiny of 400 files shows misdemeanours, case will be referred to CBI

The Delhi Cabinet decided to “advise” LG Najeeb Jung to dissolve the probe panel due to lack of “provision in the constitution” of setting up such an “external” committee.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2016 10:33 am
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Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Friday said the 400 files of the Delhi government being examined by a three-member committee constituted by him, show “grave misdemeanours”, and “are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation”.

The statement came hours after the Delhi cabinet, for the second time, resolved to call the committee unconstitutional. In response, the LG’s office issued a point-by-point rebuttal of the cabinet resolution against the committee.

The Cabinet Friday decided to “advise” the LG to dissolve the probe panel due to lack of “provision in the constitution” of setting up such an “external” committee. Reacting to the statement issued by the government, the Lt Governor in his statement said, “The truth hidden behind the 400-odd files must come out and be brought into public domain. If everything, as claimed, is as per rules, then why is the elected government afraid of the truth coming out?”

The government alleged that the committee has instilled fear among officials. “It is threatening to derail the functioning of the government. Several officers have reported to ministers that they were summoned and grilled by the committee for decisions they took. Such summoning of officers through oral instructions and then questioning them over the content of the files without duly recording and authenticating the officers’ version is against the well-established norms of transparency and propriety,” noted the cabinet.

The Lt Governor, however, rebutted the claim and said the officers had been called only for clarifications. “It is strange that ministers who have misbehaved consistently with officers for past 18 months should now attempt to hide behind the same officers,” he said.

Jung’s office also said the cabinet resolution is an attempt to take attention away from “grave misdemeanours” that are evident in some of the files. “Some misdemeanours are of the gravity that these matters are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation,” stated Jung.

The LG’s office also stated that files that have been sent have not been summoned or impounded by the LG office but have been sent by the ministers themselves, against the claims made in the cabinet note.

“These are files where the elected government has admitted it has not followed constitutional provisions and transgressed established rules, laws and conventions,” said the statement issued by the Jung’s office.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, noted that there is no rule which empowers setting up of an external committee and alleged that the committee is inquiring into the ongoing projects of public welfare, questioning officers and threatening to recommend criminal and administrative action against them. It also requested the Lt Governor to return the files “immediately before unmitigated loss happens to welfare schemes”.

The cabinet also alleged that the committee has the potential of creating a serious constitutional crisis in the national capital. It also asked the Lt Governor to wait for the Supreme Court’s hearing in the matter.

“The Cabinet has advised the Lt Governor that wherever he has a difference of opinion with any minister, in respect of a decision taken by him, the council recognises his prerogative to call the minister for discussion with an endeavour to resolve such difference under Rule 49 of the Transaction of Business Rules,” stated the note issued by the government. Jung’s office reiterated that no file that is as per rules has been held back.

The LG’s office added that dragging the Supreme Court into a press release of the government is “unfortunate” as it has nothing to do with the committee.

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    VISWALINGAM
    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:22 am
    KEJERIWALJI, IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING WRONG , BE BRAVE TO FACE IT. WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AND SAYING THIS AND THAT. THIS IS CINEMA FIELD AND NOBODY IS TAKING SHOTS OF YOUR POSES . YOU HAVE COME AND MADE POLITICS DIRTY. YOU HAVE NO SHAME , BUT ON LY GREED TO COME TO POWER AND ENJOY THE WEALTH OF PEOPLE . ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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      VISWALINGAM
      Oct 15, 2016 at 10:22 am
      KEJERIWALJI, IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING WRONG , BE BRAVE TO FACE IT. WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AND SAYING THIS AND THAT. THIS IS CINEMA FIELD AND NOBODY IS TAKING SHOTS OF YOUR POSES . YOU HAVE COME AND MADE POLITICS DIRTY. YOU HAVE NO SHAME , BUT ON LY GREED TO COME TO POWER AND ENJOY THE WEALTH OF PEOPLE . ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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      IML sood
      Oct 15, 2016 at 2:04 am
      This why Khujli with Aaptards force of jokers are crying that they be given absolute power to do bungling which are now coming out in not less than 400 cases.This is the prize Delhi people got to elect these street jokers as rulers.The bogey of LG is just to hide their illegal actions and Apptards slaves being directed to make hue and cry to play victim card before the public.Now CBI will bring out w picture before public to watch their misdeeds.
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        PCKULKARNI
        Oct 15, 2016 at 6:18 am
        BJP taking revenge for their humiliating defeat .
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          Amit
          Oct 15, 2016 at 10:01 am
          Mr Ch@tch@dia will go to jail and then blame Modi
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            Binay Mahanta
            Oct 15, 2016 at 3:52 am
            Does Najeeb Jung, BJP believe in democracy? It seems corruption has benefited the politicians, the bureaucrats, government contractors, the people who closely work for government, media. Even the people who write against AAP are some way or the other get benefited by corruption. All these guys have now ganged up to gag AAP. Who says only the politicians and the bureaucrats are the only corrupt guys. It's the people around these guys who are deep in corruption. These people are PARASITES; they suck the blood out of the common man. May God help India maintain democratic principles.
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              ak27
              Oct 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm
              Bjp hasnt done znything till now even after 2.5 years. Just u turns after u turns. Why is not a single leader of congress in jail. Are they waiting till they die and press charges or waiting for another election. Only thing thry are doing is PR, nothing else.
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                ak27
                Oct 15, 2016 at 1:06 pm
                Why LG has not scrutinized sheila dixit's files? Why is bjp so scared to file charges on any congress leaders even after 2.5 years. Or is AAP posing such a big threat to bjp that they are using every agency of govt on powerless delhi govt.
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