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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday declined to put on hold the union home ministry’s May 21 notification that barred the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) from acting against the central government officers for criminal offences.

A division bench of Justice S. Murlidhar and Justice I.S. Mehta refused to suspend the notification, saying a similar matter is pending before another bench and tagged it with that public interest litigation (PIL).

“Vacation bench cannot stay the notification, same PIL has already been pending before another bench. Let that bench hear it,” the court said.

The PIL filed by practising advocates R.S. Raju and V. Sudheer challenged the May 21 notification according to which the Delhi Lt. Governor holds discretionary powers for appointments and transfers to key bureaucratic posts in the capital.

The plea challenged the “constitutional validity” of May 21 notification, saying that the notification issued by the Centre was “ultra vires” of constitutional provisions, that is Article 239 AA (4), and that it does not have the jurisdiction over matters connected with services of bureaucrats in the national capital.

The notification, by removing “services” from the state list, amounts to amending the constitution, without actually complying with the detailed procedure laid down for the process under Article 368, itarvind said.

Earlier, the Delhi government filed a plea and challenged the notification, which the court refused to put on hold.

A PIL was also filed by a law student on which the court refused to pass any order and posted it for August 5.

The power tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung is rooted in the city’s unique position as a union territory functioning as the capital, with the city government having no say over several important departments and agencies that function under the Lt. Governor, who reports to the central government. (IANS)

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  • Dr. Kallol Guha

    What happens to the inner fabric of a nation where so called “free” media uses their marketing skills to hide diabolical acts of LG who under the order of central Government makes it impossible for the elected representatives of an overwhelmingly popular Government to perform development program for AAM AADMI. These media and their masters are the modern day MIRZAFAR. People of Delhi better wake up and learn to recognize who is there to protect their interest?

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  • Dr. Kallol Guha

    What happens to the inner fabric of a nation where so called “free” media uses their marketing skills to hide diabolical acts of LG who under the order of central Government makes it impossible for the elected representatives of an overwhelmingly popular Government to perform development program for AAM AADMI. These media and their masters are the modern day MIRZAFAR. People of Delhi better wake up and learn to recognize who is there to protect their interest?

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)