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.

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