Saying that he does not need anyone in the Delhi government to teach him constitutional law, Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran Friday asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to first read the legal opinion he has given Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on the proposed Janlokpal Bill and then find fault with it. “I have not read the chief minister’s letter to the Lt-Governor. But, from what I have seen in the media, my only question is that why are they shooting the messenger? I don’t need lessons in constitutional law from anyone in the Delhi government. My unsolicited advice to them is to first read my opinion and then find fault with it,” Parasaran told The Indian Express. Asked if the strong reaction by Kejriwal against his legal opinion had surprised him, the lawyer said: “Yes. I am certainly surprised. Because I have only reiterated legal position backed by Supreme Court judgments. I have myself said in the opinion that the Bill which is to proposed to be presented before the legislative Assembly has not been seen by me. “But I have not commented on the constitutionality of the Bill or said that the government can’t introduce it for discussion and passage. All that I have said is that there is procedure that has to be followed if they really want to achieve the purpose without falling foul of the constitution. Whatever I have said is in response to the two questions raised by the Lt.-Governor.” Asked if he agreed with the assertion of the chief minister, in his letter to the LG, that there was no constitutional requirement to seek the approval of the Centre before introducing a Bill in the Assembly and that such a requirement was necessitated only under an “unconstitutional” order issued by the Union home ministry, Parasaran replied in the negative. “Let them challenge that order in court. Merely saying that such an order is illegal or unconstitutional has no meaning,” he said.
New Delhi | Updated: February 8, 2014 1:59 am