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L-G appoints panel to scrutinise AAP govt files (Relevant for GS Mains paper II, Topic: Centre-Delhi Relations)

Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung constituted a three-member panel to examine over 400 files containing “infirmities and irregularities” in administrative decisions taken by the Aam Aadmi Party government.
The panel, comprising former CAG V.K. Shunglu, former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and ex-Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar, has been asked to submit its final report within six weeks of its first meeting.
The panel will recommend appropriate administrative, criminal or civil action as well as action for recovery of financial loss to the government exchequer, if any, by “wrong decisions”. Also, it will recommend further course of action to be taken on each of the files or proposals, including whether the decisions can or cannot be regularised by the L-G, the statement said.

Background
The Delhi High Court, in relation to the jurisdictional powers of the elected State government and the L-G as a representative of the President, had recently ruled that the L-G was the administrative head of the Delhi government. Following this, the various departments had started submitting their files to the L-G Secretariat for Mr. Jung’s ex-post facto approval on administrative matters.
After the Delhi High Court’s judgment, on August 8 and again on August 23, 2016, the Principal Secretaries or the Heads of Departments of the Delhi Government were directed to review instances where prior approval of the L-G was required as per rules but was not obtained and to place all such matters before him.“On preliminary scrutiny of these files, it is found that over the last one-and-a-half years several decisions taken are in violation of acts/rules with attendant legal and financial implications. It has become necessary to examine them in depth and suggest forward action. Therefore, the committee has been constituted,” the statement said.

 



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