New Delhi, Dec 25: Delhi lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung on Friday once again became a hurdle for Aam Aadmi Party government. Najeeb Jung said the Centre that the commission of inquiry appointed by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to probe alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is illegal. Also Read - Bengaluru, Shimla 'Most Livable' Cities in Govt's Ease of Living Index | Check Complete List Here
Citing the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952, Najeeb Jung wrote a letter to the Home Ministry and said that only the Centre and state governments to appoint a commission of inquiry. Since Delhi being a Union Territory doesn’t have full statehood, the state government cannot order a commission of inquiry without concurrence of the Centre or the LG. (ALSO READ: Right to vulgarity not available to Arvind Kejriwal, AAP leaders: Arun Jaitley) Also Read - AAP Sweeps Delhi MCD Bypolls, Arvind Kejriwal Says People Now Want Good Work In Municipality Too
The Delhi government on 23 December issued a notification for setting up of a Commission of Inquiry, headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, to probe alleged corruption in DDCA between 1992 and 2015, and asked it to submit its report within three months. Also Read - Delhi: Final Phase Trial of Contactless Ticketing System to Begin in 3,000 Cluster Buses Through 'Chartr' From Monday | All You Need to Know
Arvind Kejriwal took strong objection to letters from LG’s office being leaked in media. “It is serious if LG office is leaking letter. We are not afraid of CBI, ED, DRI. Why they are afraid of inquiry commission? Poori ki poori Daal hi kaali hai… LG has only control over three subjects – Police, public order and land,” Kejriwal was quoted as saying.
LG’s letter, however, may trigger another round of confrontation between the AAP dispensation led by Arvind Kejriwal and the Centre.