In what can trigger another round of bickering between the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, LG Najeeb Jung has revoked the appointment of the AAP government panel of lawyers to the Supreme Court.
Jung has returned the file pertaining to the issue to Delhi Law Minister Manish Sisodia and asked him to revoke the government’s order to appoint 12 Advocates-on-record and three Arguing counsels. The Kejriwal government had appointed these lawyers without prior approval of the Lt Governor in 2014 and 2015. Recently, Delhi government had sent the file to LG seeking his post facto approval.
“MHA had sought opinion from the Law Ministry which suggested that such appointment is only made by Central law agency. LG office had also suggested the same. LG has returned the file pertaining to appointment of 15 lawyers to the government and asked the Law Minister to revoke the order in this regard,” sources said.
Soon after the Delhi high Court gave the reigns of power for the capital to LG, there has been a tussle between the incumbent state government and Jung. The latter formed a panel to examine nearly 400 files related to the decisions taken by Kejriwal-led government that would require him to review or would need his clearance.