New Delhi: Delhi government today rejected Lt Governor Najeeb Jung’s decision to revoke the appointment of 15 lawyers by it, setting another stage for fresh round of confrontation between the LG office and AAP dispensation.
However, LG office has slammed the Kejriwal government over the move, saying that after the August 4 High Court verdict, the Lt Governor is the final authority in all administrative issues.
Yesterday, Jung had revoked the appointment of a panel of 15 Supreme Court lawyers while refusing to give his post-facto approval on the appointment of these advocate.
The decision to reject the LG’s decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today.
“The Cabinet has rejected the LG’s decision to revoke the appointment of panel of Delhi Government’s SC lawyers.
“Cabinet also resolved that Law is a transferred subject and as per August 4, 2016 Delhi HC Judgement power to appoint lawyers lies with the elected government,” said a senior government official.
Sources in the LG office said that the AAP government had appointed 15 lawyers without prior approval of Lt Governor and in view of this, if the city administration gives salaries of these advocates, it will be their own responsibility.
“Law is not a transferred subject. It falls only under the LG’s jurisdiction. By rejecting the LG’s decision to revoke appointment of 15 lawyers, government is overlooking all constitutional and judicial machineries,” LG office’s sources said.
The Kejriwal government had appointed 15 lawyers without prior approval of the Lt Governor in 2014 and 2015.
Recently, government had sent the file to LG seeking his post facto approval.