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Delhi HC refuses to suspend home ministry order on ACB

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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?

  • 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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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, VOA
  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS

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