LG Najeeb Jung ‘blocks’ probe against Jaitley, MHA to decide today

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Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has reportedly rejected the probe ordered by the Delhi government in the DDCA corruption.

According to media reports, Jung had, in a communication to the home ministry on Wednesday evening, said that the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 empowered only the Centre and state governments to appoint a commission of inquiry.

Since Delhi was a Union Territory and short of full statehood, a commission of inquiry ought to have been ordered in ‘concurrence of the Centre, through the LG.’

The MHA is likely to take a decision on the LG’s advice later today. Some reports quoting LG sources said that he had described the terms of reference to the DDCA probe too ‘vague.’

This is not the first time the LG has refused to approve an inquiry ordered by Arvind Kejriwal government.

In August, the LG had declared the state government’s decision to order a probe into CNG fitness scam ‘null and void.’ This had led to a standoff between the Kejriwal government and the central government led by Narendra Modi.

Corruption in DDCA has been dominating the news agenda after it emerged that the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was allegedly aware of the rampant corruption in the cricket body.

On Sunday, Jaitley’s colleague and the BJP MP, Kirti Azad, had released a video, which showed a heated argument between the two. At one pont, Azad was seen accusing Jaitley of forging documents to allow proxy membership.

An embarrassed BJP had suspended Azad after repeated efforts by the party leadership failed to stop him from going ahead with the expose against Jaitley, who’s considered to be the most powerful leader in the central government after Modi.

The LG reports to central government through the MHA, which is headed by Rajnath Singh. Aam Aadmy Party, which had won 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi earlier this year has always accused LG of working at the behest of PMO to disrupt governance in the capital.

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