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Dissolve Shunglu panel: Delhi govt. (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Delhi Cabinet passed a resolution to dissolve Shunglu Commitee
The Delhi Cabinet passed a resolution terming the three-member Shunglu Committee constituted by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung ‘unconstitutional’ and advised him to dissolve it.

Background
Following the High Court order stating that the L-G is the administrative head of Delhi, Mr. Jung had set up an expert committee to examine the 400-odd files pertaining to decisions taken by the government without LG’s approval since February 2015.

Delhi Govt.’s arguments 
1. There is no provision in the Constitution, or in any statute or rule, which mandates setting up of an external committee to inquire into on-going projects of public welfare, question officers and threaten to recommend administrative and criminal action against them.

2. The government work was being adversely impacted due to the on-going enquiry by the committee.

LG’s response
The committee is examining only those files where illegalities have been committed and have thus been accepted by the Ministers themselves by virtue of the fact that they themselves have submitted these files. The L-G office has not issued any instructions to stop any work. 

SC hearing 
The Supreme Court will hear the matter on November 25 and is likely to pronounce its verdict.

 



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