Najeeb Jung to examine Kejriwal govt’s 400 files
Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday constituted a three-member panel to examine “infirmities and irregularities” in decisions taken by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government.
The panel, constituted to examine around 400 files, has also been asked to submit its final report within six weeks of its first meeting.
The panel comprises former CAG VK Shunglu, former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and ex-Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar.
The development has come after the Delhi High Court ruled that the Lt Governor is the administrative head of the city government.
In the wake of the High Court order, various departments of the city government submitted the files to Jung following his directive.
The Lt Governor has been having a long-running battle with the AAP government on a host of jurisdictional issues.
The committee has been tasked to look into “omissions and commissions” in the decision-making process and also to fix responsibility of individuals, including civil and criminal liability, if any, the LG’s office said.
After the High Court judgement, principal secretaries and heads of department of the city government were directed by the LG to review instances where his prior approval was required as per rules, but was not obtained.
According to media reports, around 400 files have been received by the LG’s Secretariat for ex-post facto approval of Jung and some more files are awaited.
“On preliminary scrutiny of these files, it is found that over the last one-and-a-half years several decisions taken are in violation of Acts/Rules with attendant legal and financial implications. It has become necessary to examine them in depth and suggest forward action. Therefore, the Committee has been constituted,” the LG’s office said in a statement.
The panel will examine the role played by the public functionaries/officers of the Delhi Government and of any other individual related with these violations and fix responsibility, said the LG’s office.