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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Delhi government’s response on a public suit challenging its decision to appoint a commission of inquiry into the alleged multi-crore rupee CNG fitness scam.

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A number of officials of previous the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government are under the scanner in the scam. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought a response from the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government on the suit, which said that the government a issued notification of setting up commission of inquiry without the lieutenant governor’s nod.

The court has sought the government’s response by September 23, the suit sought a direction to quash the notification.

On August 11, the government issued notification to appoint the commission into the scam that is already being probed by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

The Commission of Inquiry will be headed by retired Delhi High Court judge Justice S.N. Agarwal.

The scam had come to light in 2012 when ACB found that the Delhi government had lost nearly Rs.100 crore in alleged irregularities in awarding contract to operate and maintain inspection and certification of CNG vehicles at the transport authority in Burari to ESP India Pvt Ltd instead of ESP USA.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had accused Lt Governor Najeeb Jung of trying to hush up the scam.

(IANS)

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After HC Quashed Its Notification, Delhi Government Seeks Legal Advice on Minimum Wages Verdict

Delhi Government seeks legal help after High Court quashed minimum wage verdict

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Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government
Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government.

The Delhi government on Sunday said it is seeking legal advice on the further course of action after the Delhi High Court quashed its notification on minimum wages.

Expressing his disappointment over the Court’s decision, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said that the government is studying the verdict and “will arrive at a conclusion on how to ensure the implementation of revised higher minimum wages” for workers in all categories.

“I have convened a meeting of the Labour Department on Monday to decide the future course of action, including the next legal remedy available to the government,” Rai said.

AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict
AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict. 

The Delhi High Court on Saturday quashed two notifications, issued last year by the Delhi Government, relating to revision of minimum wages for all classes of workmen in all scheduled employments by calling it “completely flawed”.

“The constitution of the committee was completely flawed and its advice was not based on relevant material and suffers from non-application of mind,” the bench said while setting aside the Delhi government notification setting up the advisory panel on minimum wages.

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“The government’s decision based on such advice is in violation of the statutory provision, principles of natural justice, denies fair representation to the employers as well as the employees… in fact it is even without any effort to gather relevant material and information,” the bench had said. (IANS)