Jan Lokpal: L-G lays down the law, Kejriwal does not step back

Kejriwal had slammed Jung Friday for seeking the opinion of the Solicitor General on the constitutionality of the Bill.

New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2014 9:19 am
Chief minister said if the Delhi Police is “incompetent” to provide security, then adequate paramilitary forces and other forces should be sought from the Central government for the job. Chief minister said if Delhi Police is “incompetent” to provide security, then adequate paramilitary forces and other forces should be sought from the Central government for the job.

Responding to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s angry attack that questioned his loyalty to the constitution, Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung has defended himself strongly and said he was strictly going by the book on the controversial Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by the city government.

Jung said he had sought the Union law ministry’s opinion on Kejriwal’s claim that there was no need to seek the Centre’s approval before the Bill is tabled in the Assembly even though the predominant view backed the need for such approval.

He also urged Kejriwal to reconsider his decision to hold an Assembly session at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium to pass the Bill on grounds of security and law enforcement.

Responding to this, the chief minister said if the Delhi Police is “incompetent” to provide security, then adequate paramilitary forces and other forces should be sought from the Central government for the job.

Kejriwal had slammed Jung Friday for seeking the opinion of the Solicitor General on the constitutionality of the Bill and said he should be loyal to the constitution and not to a party or the home ministry.

A statement from Jung’s office said Monday that the L-G had replied to Kejriwal on Friday itself, clarifying his “need to follow procedures as mandated under the constitution of India” with regard to the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Referring to rule 34 of the Transaction of Business of the Government of NCT of Delhi Rules, 1993, Jung highlighted in his reply that any such draft Bill “should have been sent to the lieutenant governor before placing it before the council of ministers and this was not done”, said the statement issued after a meeting between Jung and Kejriwal Monday.

“The question addressed to the SG was not on the content of the Jan Lokpal Bill, because, as indicated by the chief minister, the Bill had not been sent to the Raj Niwas. However, since the chief minister in his earlier letter dated 31.1.2014 had written to the L-G indicating the intent to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill on the floor of the house and to have the issue discussed and passed in a special session at the Indira Gandhi stadium, the L-G had asked the Solicitor General to opine on the constitutional validity of introducing such a Bill,” the statement said.

Making clear the “extant legal reality” to Kejriwal, Jung said the “GNCTD is governed by the Government of NCT of Delhi Act, 1991 and the Transaction of Business of the Government of NCT of Delhi Rules, 1993”.

“Therefore, irrespective of whether the Delhi cabinet appreciated this or not, the position would remain the same unless challenged in appropriate forums. Section 22(3) of the Government of NCT of Delhi Act, 1991 is clear that the Bill proposed by government shall not be passed by the legislative Assembly unless the L-G has recommended the Bill to the Assembly for consideration”.

“Since the Central government has already enacted the Lokpal and the Lokayukta Act, 2013, and with many of the provisions overlapping with the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill of the Delhi government, the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill will have to be placed by the lieutenant governor for purposes of consideration and the grant of assent by the President of India to avoid any repugnancy.”

It said the L-G had “highlighted the fact that the finance department, the law department, and the administrative reforms department of the Delhi government had highlighted the fact that the prior recommendation of the L-G was required since the Bill involved expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of the Capital”.

Kejriwal’s “council of ministers did not accept these comments”, it added.

On holding the Assembly session at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Jung said it is “imperative to keep in view the views of the police with regard to maintenance of security and law and order”.

“The Delhi Police is clear that it would not be possible to identify and segregate people coming to the venue who may have intention to disturb the Assembly. The inability to handle large crowds had become evident in the Janta Darbar and it would indeed be more difficult to control crowds within the vicinity of the Assembly. Therefore, in view of the law and order position and keeping in view the sanctity of the Assembly proceedings, he has requested the Hon’ble CM to reconsider this decision,” the statement said.

“However, despite the predominant view that there is need to send the proposed Bill for prior consent to the Union government through the L-G, the Hon’ble CM feels that there are opinions to the contrary and he has obtained the legal opinion on the same. To avoid any dispute in the matter and to obtain full clarity, the Hon’ble lieutenant governor has referred the matter to the Ministry of Law and Justice for a final opinion on the constitutional position.”

In his response on Monday, Kejriwal expressed surprise over the concerns of the Delhi Police on the government’s plan to hold the Assembly session in a stadium on February 16.

“It it is surprising to note that the police is expressing its inability to provide protection to the ministers and MLAs and in such a scenario if police cannot provide security in one stadium how can it be expected to keep the entire city safe?” said a statement from the CM’s office.

The CM pointed out that it is the duty of the Delhi Police to ensure the safety of the people and if the police commissioner considers himself incompetent in doing so, should he continue to be on his post?

“It is the decision of the Delhi cabinet to hold a special session of the Assembly in the open on February 16, in case the Delhi Police finds itself incompetent to provide security for it, then adequate paramilitary forces and other forces should be sought from the Central government for this,’’ the CM has written.

The CM has requested the L-G to help him take democracy beyond closed walls, stating that issues concerning the people must be debated in front of them and not behind closed doors.

Kejriwal also referred to his meeting with Jung on Monday on the Bill. “There is a dilemma in front of him. On one hand there is the constitution and on the other there is the home ministry’s orders. According to us, home minister’s order is wrong. I have told the L-G that the home ministry’s order is wrong. I have not taken oath of following the ministry’s order. We will protect the constitution,” Kejriwal said.

The CM also cited examples of other bills that were held up because of the same rules. Kejriwal said the Gurdwara Bill sent by the Delhi government had been pending with the home ministry for years. “Obviously they will not give approval. They will sit on the Bill. I am ready to make any sacrifice for fighting for the autonomy of Delhi Assembly and people,” Kejriwal said.

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    Binoy Hoskote
    Feb 11, 2014 at 11:01 am
    If Centre and home Ministry and LG have made INVALID, UNCONSUTIONAL ORDERS -ITS THEIR HEADACHE TO SOLVE IMMEDIATELY , AS FAST AS THEY APPLY DISCRIMINATORY STANDS OF BY-PING TBR Orders for their Congress CM's 13 Unapproved embly legislations in force; and MAKING VINDICTIVE CRIMINAL MALAFIDE APPLICATION of the same for AAM AADMI PARTY.Our good man LT.Gov. NAJEEB JUNG should prevail upon CONG BIGWIGS of the untenable situation OF THEIR OWN MAKING WITH POOR FORESIGHT MAD WHEN THEIR CONGRESS GOVT. WAS IN POWER IN STATE AS WELL. KEJRIWAL -AAP ARE WELL WITHIN THEIR RIGHTS TO NOT COMPLY WITH AN ILLEGAL ORDER THAT IS INVALID/ULTRAVIRES OF THE CONSUTION AS WELL. PERIOD. BALL IS IN CENTRE'S COURT. JLP & SWARAJ BILLS WILL BE PLACED IN THE DELHI EMBLY ON PROCLAIMED DATES. TIME TO SAVE THEOR OWN FACES IN CENTRE. OR FACE THE MUSIC THEREAFTER. PEOPLE ARE FED UP, SICK TERRIBLY ANGRY WITH THIS TOMFOOLERY OF DOUBLE STANDARDS ADOPTED BY UPA -CONG.
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      Binoy Hoskote
      Feb 11, 2014 at 11:01 am
      If Centre and home Ministry and LG have made INVALID, UNCONSUTIONAL ORDERS -ITS THEIR HEADACHE TO SOLVE IMMEDIATELY , AS FAST AS THEY APPLY DISCRIMINATORY STANDS OF BY-PING TBR Orders for their Congress CM's 13 Unapproved embly legislations in force; and MAKING VINDICTIVE CRIMINAL MALAFIDE APPLICATION of the same for AAM AADMI PARTY.Our good man LT.Gov. NAJEEB JUNG should prevail upon CONG BIGWIGS of the untenable situation OF THEIR OWN MAKING WITH POOR FORESIGHT MAD WHEN THEIR CONGRESS GOVT. WAS IN POWER IN STATE AS WELL. KEJRIWAL -AAP ARE WELL WITHIN THEIR RIGHTS TO NOT COMPLY WITH AN ILLEGAL ORDER THAT IS INVALID/ULTRAVIRES OF THE CONSUTION AS WELL. PERIOD. BALL IS IN CENTRE'S COURT. JLP & SWARAJ BILLS WILL BE PLACED IN THE DELHI EMBLY ON PROCLAIMED DATES. TIME TO SAVE THEOR OWN FACES IN CENTRE. OR FACE THE MUSIC THEREAFTER. PEOPLE ARE FED UP, SICK TERRIBLY ANGRY WITH THIS TOMFOOLERY OF DOUBLE STANDARDS ADOPTED BY UPA -CONG.
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        Binoy Hoskote
        Feb 11, 2014 at 11:03 am
        No one care a dam about your ic paranoid LSD DRUGGED BRAIN
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          Binoy Hoskote
          Feb 11, 2014 at 11:03 am
          No one care a dam about your ic paranoid LSD DRUGGED BRAIN
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            Sunil
            Feb 11, 2014 at 7:54 am
            fors foundation funds rss and bjp too , ford had made also a temple on his donation , i dont know why no one sees it , wiki and see Alfred Ford
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              Sunil
              Feb 11, 2014 at 7:54 am
              fors foundation funds rss and bjp too , ford had made also a temple on his donation , i dont know why no one sees it , wiki and see Alfred Ford
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                Gautam
                Feb 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm
                And who will teach AAP a lesson? Their ministers go around beating foreigners, molesting innocent women etc. all protected by Kejriwal's shroud of honesty. Anyone who opposes them, police or media or Lt Governor or even Courts, are bed as corrupt!AAP are ironically turning into a one-man dictatorship.
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                  Gautam
                  Feb 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm
                  And who will teach AAP a lesson? Their ministers go around beating foreigners, raping innocent women etc. all protected by Kejriwal's shroud of honesty. Anyone who opposes them, police or media or Lt Governor or even Courts, are bed as corrupt!AAP are ironically turning into a one-man dictatorship.
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                    Gautam
                    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm
                    And who will teach AAP a lesson? Their ministers go around beating foreigners, raping innocent women etc. all protected by Kejriwal's shroud of honesty. Anyone who opposes them, police or media or Lt Governor or even Courts, are bed as corrupt!AAP are ironically turning into a one-man dictatorship.
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                      Gopal Sarup
                      Feb 11, 2014 at 9:01 am
                      What proof exists that AAP has been funded by Ford Foundation?
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                        sg
                        Feb 12, 2014 at 4:48 am
                        Well said. The corrupt established parties will be forced to dance on the dance floor to the tune dictated by AAP. For them, it is better to keep dancing, screaming all the way, then to be kicked off the floor altogether.
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                          sg
                          Feb 12, 2014 at 4:48 am
                          Well said. The corrupt established parties will be forced to dance on the dance floor to the tune dictated by AAP. For them, it is better to keep dancing, screaming all the way, then to be kicked off the floor altogether.
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                            indian
                            Feb 11, 2014 at 7:33 am
                            Being an Engineer, the Hon CM of Delhi should know that today's technology permits the legislature to discuss the Bill in front of the mes through TV, telephony and Internet - there is no need for citizens to travel to a particular location to witness the discussions or for the police to divert their energies for such events. Hope he has seen RSTV, LSTV, heard of teleconferences, video conferences, web streaming etc. Does every sports enthusiast visit a stadium or does he switch on a TV or a radio or surf a website ?
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                              indian
                              Feb 11, 2014 at 7:33 am
                              Being an Engineer, the Hon CM of Delhi should know that today's technology permits the legislature to discuss the Bill in front of the mes through TV, telephony and Internet - there is no need for citizens to travel to a particular location to witness the discussions or for the police to divert their energies for such events. Hope he has seen RSTV, LSTV, heard of teleconferences, video conferences, web streaming etc. Does every sports enthusiast visit a stadium or does he switch on a TV or a radio or surf a website ?
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                                Jagdish Jain
                                Feb 11, 2014 at 2:33 am
                                Does Najeeb Jung think for himself? He is highly paid to think about the issues of Delhi. If he is incapable of thinking, he should resign. Why is he always requesting the opinion of others to make his judgment about vital issues? Kejriwal not only thinks, he provides evidence for his position. This is exactly what Mahatma hi, a clever lawyer and a principled human being, did.
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                                  Jagdish Jain
                                  Feb 11, 2014 at 2:33 am
                                  Does Najeeb Jung think for himself? He is highly paid to think about the issues of Delhi. If he is incapable of thinking, he should resign. Why is he always requesting the opinion of others to make his judgment about vital issues? Kejriwal not only thinks, he provides evidence for his position. This is exactly what Mahatma hi, a clever lawyer and a principled human being, did.
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                                    Jagdish Jain
                                    Feb 11, 2014 at 1:15 am
                                    The Delhi police cannot provide security to anyone except the VIPs of the political parties. Kejriwal must continue his campaign against the top police officers of Delhi controlled by the corrupt Central government.
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                                      Jagdish Jain
                                      Feb 11, 2014 at 1:15 am
                                      The Delhi police cannot provide security to anyone except the VIPs of the political parties. Kejriwal must continue his campaign against the top police officers of Delhi controlled by the corrupt Central government.
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                                        K
                                        Feb 11, 2014 at 11:31 am
                                        There is no need for Kejriwal to resign. Congress and BJP do not want to support the strong JanLokpal Bill in the embly to fight corruption. Fearing exposure, they are trying ways and means to scuttle its tabling and page. If they are so unhappy with the Bill, why don't they withdraw support to AAP. People would teach them a lesson in the polls.
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                                          lahuiskin
                                          Feb 11, 2014 at 12:21 am
                                          India's consution. Who wants the Dalit-Muslim consution?
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                                            lahuiskin
                                            Feb 11, 2014 at 12:21 am
                                            India's consution. Who wants the Dalit-Muslim consution?
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