Delhi assembly on Friday passed a resolution stating that bureaucrats will have to pay the legal fees in future to defend their cases of corruptions.
The resolution stated, “Taking note of the fact that there is a surprising trend among few IAS officers in Delhi to challenge the powers, privileges and procedure of Delhi Assembly & its Committees; also taking note of the fact that these officers are lavelling allegations of biases against members of the Committees.
Delhi Legislative Assembly passed a resolution that officers should pay Advocates from their own pocket to defend their cases of corruption.
Delhi Govt should not pay for challenging Assembly & it's Committees in Courts.Till now LG was helping officers to escape accountability pic.twitter.com/ZAZ0paV0ZM
— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) August 10, 2018
This was after it emerged that the Delhi Assembly Secretariat had paid over Rs 39 lakh as fee to lawyers to fight court cases filed by government officers against House committees in the past one year, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said today.
On the last day of the Monsoon session, Goel said it was a very “serious” issue that officers were going against the committees of Delhi Assembly, which makes laws, and the Lieutenant General was granting permission to bureaucrats to do that.
The House adopted a private-member resolution, moved by AAP legislator Shri Dutt Sharma, with a voice vote condemning officers to challenge the powers, privileges and procedure of Delhi Assembly.
“I want to bring this on the record of the House that Assembly has paid Rs 39.68 lakh as fee of lawyers while Rs 20-lakh fee is still pending with Assembly Secretariat. There are currently eight court cases which are pending against assembly committees,” Goel was quoted by PTI.
The resolution adopted by the House states that there was a “surprising trend” among a few IAS officers in Delhi to challenge the powers, privileges and procedure of Delhi Assembly and its committees.
“This House condemns such actions of misinformation and misrepresentation of facts before the courts & media and resolves that strict action should be taken against such officers of belittling the stature of legislature, its committees and members,” news agency PTI quoted the resolution.