New Delhi, July 9: Hours after Arvind Kejriwal accused him of being “selective” in accepting the Supreme Court verdict on the power tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal hit back saying that he was “selectively” quoted and “erroneously” charged by the Delhi chief minister. Also Read - 'Who Gives Permission For Mosques on Govt Land?' BJP MP Parvesh Verma Takes Plea to Delhi L-G
“But how can you be selective in accepting the judgement? Either you should take a position that all the matters now would be placed before regular bench and therefore, you would not implement any part of the order. Or you should accept the whole order and implement it. Also Read - 'Who Gives Permission For Mosques on Govt Land?' BJP MP Takes Plea to Delhi L-G
“How can you say that you will accept this para of the order but not accept that para of the same order?” Kejriwal had said in his letter to the L-G. Also Read - SC Ends AAP-LG Power Tussle: Highlights of Top Court's Verict
The L-G also accused Kejriwal of leaking his letter to the media.
“Before your letter reached my office, it appeared on social and electronic media,” he said in his reply to Kejriwal.
Baijal noted that the chief minister “quoted selectively” from his letter of July 6 and “erroneously” accused him of selective acceptance of the July 4 verdict of Supreme Court, a statement by the L-G’s office said.
“While the entire judgement and its implications are still being studied, it may kindly be noted that in the concluding paras, Hon’ble Court while answering the reference has directed to place the matters before the appropriate regular Bench. Therefore, further clarity will be achieved when the appeals pending before the Ld. Regular Bench are finally disposed off,” the L-G had written in his July 6 letter.
The lieutenant governor reiterated in his response today that as appeals were pending before the regular bench of Supreme Court, it would be “premature” to draw any conclusions at this stage.
Last Friday, Kejriwal said that the Lieutenant Governor does not agree that control of the services department should be handed over to the Delhi government. He added that it was the first time in Indian history that the Central government had openly refused to obey the top court’s verdict.
Addressing the media after a meeting with Baijal, Kejriwal had said the L-G had sought advice from the Ministry of Home Affairs and was told that services should not be given to the Delhi government.
This would lead to anarchy in the country, Kejriwal had said.