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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Delhi government said on Wednesday, that the Union Home Ministry does not hold the authority to declare the city government’s probe into an alleged CNG fitness scam as illegal.

manish-sisodiaIn reply to a letter by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, which conveyed the home ministry’s view about the probe in the alleged multi-crore rupee scam, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government was neither a “subordinate department” of the home ministry nor “accountable” to it.

“Under the constitution, the Ministry of Home Affairs does not have the powers to declare any order of Government of NCT of Delhi (GNCTD) as void,” Sisodia said in the letter. “It is only the judiciary which has power to declare any order of GNCTD null and void,” he added.

“Ministry of Home Affairs seems to be attempting to encroach the domain of judiciary, which is dangerous,” Sisodia said in the letter.

A Central Bureau of Investigation probe had revealed irregularities in awarding the contract of operation and maintenance of inspection and certification of CNG vehicles — thereby causing a loss of Rs.100 crore to the Delhi government.

With inputs from 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)

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