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HC petition seeks to curtail L-G’s powers

The court has however, declined to interfere in the ongoing process of the Janlokpal Bill, and raised the question of interpretation of the law.

New Delhi |
February 15, 2014 2:53:36 am

Even as the Lieutenant-Governor wrote to the Delhi Assembly Speaker M S Dhir, asking him not to table the Jan Lokpal Bill without his (L-G’s) clearance, a plea was filed on Friday seeking the court’s intervention to strike down the provision of law that gives the L-G the authority to send any proposed Bill for clearance to the Centre before it can be tabled before the Delhi Assembly.

The court has however, declined to interfere in the ongoing process of the Janlokpal Bill, and raised the question of interpretation of the law.

“If there is a difference of opinion between the L-G and the Council of Ministers, the Constitution says the matter will go to the President,” the court observed, adding that it was “not going into the Rule 55, but looking at the Constitution”.

The court also asked whether the Janlokpal Bill had actually been introduced before the Assembly. “We don’t know what the stand of the L-G is. We cannot rely on media reports,” the bench said.

“There are dos and don’ts in the Constitution and the Act… If the government wants to table and pass the Bill, let them do it, we will look into the matter later. The L-G can take action if he disagrees,” the court said.

When the lawyer for the Delhi government failed to answer whether the Bill had been tabled, the court decided to adjourn the matter for hearing on Tuesday.

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