The 400 files of the Delhi government being examined by a three-member committee constituted by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung show ‘grave misdemeanors’, and ‘are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation,” he said on Friday. This statement comes after the Delhi Cabinet resolved to call the committee unconstitutional. According to an Indian Express report, The Cabinet decided to “advise” the LG to dissolve the probe panel due to lack of “provision in the constitution” of setting up such an “external” committee. Reacting to the statement issued by the government, the Lt Governor in his statement said, “The truth hidden behind the 400-odd files must come out and be brought into public domain. If everything, as claimed, is as per rules, then why is the elected government afraid of the truth coming out?”
The Delhi government also alleged that the committee has instilled fear among officials. “It is threatening to derail the functioning of the government. Several officers have reported to ministers that they were summoned and grilled by the committee for decisions they took. Such summoning of officers through oral instructions and then questioning them over the content of the files without duly recording and authenticating the officers’ version is against the well-established norms of transparency and propriety,” noted the cabinet.
The LG’s office also stated that files that have been sent have not been summoned or impounded by the LG office but have been sent by the ministers themselves, against the claims made in the cabinet note. “These are files where the elected government has admitted it has not followed constitutional provisions and transgressed established rules, laws and conventions,” said the statement issued by the Jung’s office.
The Cabinet, meanwhile, noted that there is no rule which empowers setting up of an external committee and alleged that the committee is inquiring into the ongoing projects of public welfare, questioning officers and threatening to recommend criminal and administrative action against them. It also requested the Lt Governor to return the files “immediately before unmitigated loss happens to welfare schemes”.