Inquiry into CNG Fitness scam will continue, ‘We expect everyone to cooperate’: Delhi govt writes to LG

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Delhi government has written to the Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, over the inquiry commission in CNG Fitness Scam`

In its letter, the Delhi government has reiterated its earlier stance that it was an elected government and not a ‘subordinate department of home ministry.

It said, ” Delhi government is not accountable to the home ministry but to the people. If the MHA is aggrieved, then they can approach the judiciary.”

It goes on to say, ” Under the constitution, the Ministry of Home Affairs does not have any powers to declare any order of Government of NCT Delhi void. It’s only the judiciary, which has the powers to declare any order of GNCTD null and void…Therefore, the communication from the MHA, at best, can be treated as MHA’s opinion.”

The letter, signed by the deputy chief minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, said that the commission of inquiry into CNG Fitness scam will continue to  work and ‘ we expect everyone to cooperate’ with the proceedings.

On August 21, the central government led by Narendra Modi had declared the inquiry into CNG fitness scam invalid.

(Also Read: Modi government declares inquiry into CNG fitness scam as invalid)

A statement issued from the LG House had said, “MHA terms the Commission of Inquiry constituted by the GNCTD as legally invalid and void ab initio (invalid from the outset).”

The LG, who reports to Union Home Ministry, had sought the Centre’s opinion on Delhi government’s decision to launch an inquiry into CNG fitness scam and whether the elected government had any jurisdiction to do so.

(Also Read: Kejriwal government clears inquiry commission to question roles of Sheila Dikshit and LG in CNG Fitness scam)

LG letter

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  4. Aam Aadmi PartyShared publicly – Dec 28, 2014

    Delhi LG must clarify his role in the CNG fitness scam. Unless Mr Najeeb Jung can deny the facts, he must immediately resign. EC must note the fact that current chief secretary has been named by the CBI in its probe.

    Aam Aadmi Party demands that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Mr Najeeb Jung should immediately clarify whether he tried to hush up the Rs 100 crore CNG fitness scam, in which chief secretary Mr D S Spolia is allegedly involved.

    The LG can no longer remain silent following news reports that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its preliminary investigation has found that Mr Jung had asked the Anti Corruption Branch of Delhi to close the probe involving top bureaucrats of the state government.

    Mr Jung should come clean on his role and unless he can prove to the contrary, he should resign given the seriousness of the case and his role in protecting the blatant act of corruption.

    Given the role of the LG in protecting the top officers and the involvement of the chief secretary himself in the scam, the Election Commission of India should immediately take note and decide whether free and fair elections would be possible in Delhi with such individuals at the helm of administration.

    The continuing silence of the BJP’s central government and the LG on the indictment of top city bureaucrats by the CBI in what is commonly known as the 2002 CNG fitness scam gives rise to reasonable apprehensions that people of Delhi are being cheated by an unaccountable administration and taxpayers money is being looted without any fear.

    The Aam Aadmi Party government had directed the Delhi’s Anti Corruption Wing (ACB) in January this year to provide all the relevant documents to the CBI, when the investigating agency had registered a preliminary enquiry and sought all such documents from the ACB.

    It is shocking that indicted bureaucrats are continuing in top administrative positions and the BJP’s central government, which is indirectly controlling Delhi, appears to be turning a blind eye towards the multi-crore scams committed during the Sheila Dikshit government’s tenure.

    The AAP challenges the union home ministry and Delhi administration break their silence on following questions :
    1) Is it not a fact that the CBI has sent a report to the union home ministry and Delhi’s department of vigilance asking for departmental action and further inquiries against three top bureaucrats, including the present chief secretary ?

    2) Is it not a fact that the former Sheila Dikshit government had tried to scuttle a probe into this scam by the Anti-Corruption Branch citing an order from the LG that no inquiry was required ?

    3) Is it not a fact that official documents were forged to conceal facts about this scam ?

    4) Is it not a fact that the contract for giving CNG fitness certificates to commercial vehicles was fraudulently awarded to a company despite it losing in the tendering process ?

    5) Is it not a fact that the LG gave a clean chit to officers against whom the Delhi ACB had registered an FIR in 2012 ?

    6) Did the LG send any report to the union home ministry on the status of the case against the officers named in the FIR ?

    7) Is it not a fact that the LG ignored the ACB opinion that a case under Prevention of Corruption was made out against these officers and chose to close the probe ?

    8) Was the union home ministry aware of the fact that the current chief secretary’s name figured in this scam when it cleared his reappointment to the post on August 27 ?

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