Jung gives cold shoulder to CNG fitness inquiry panel

A Commission of Inquiry (CoI) set up by the Arvind Kejriwal government has suffered a setback with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung refusing to help the panel get the 2002 CNG fitness scam documents from the Anti-Corruption Branch.

Jung wrote to the CoI head informing him that he was bound by the Union government’s decision on not recognising the proceedings as legally valid. 

The Justice (retired) S N Aggarwal inquiry commission, was set up by the Delhi government to probe the award of contract, by the Sheila Dikshit government, for inspection and certification of commercial CNG vehicles for fitness to a firm in 2002.

Jung’s letter to Justice Aggarwal said the Ministry of Home Affairs considered the CoI illegal so he should not expect any help from his office.

“I am constitutionally bound to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India and am, therefore unable to assist in this matter,” said Jung’s January 8 letter.

Justice Aggarwal earlier wrote to Jung asking him to direct ACB chief M K Meena to present records relating to the alleged CNG fitness scam before him.

The AAP government has maintained that Meena, an appointee of Jung, has been allegedly trying to suppress the scam and shield Jung who himself appears to be in the wrong in the scam.

The charge has been denied by Meena. The CoI earlier had also issued a non-bailable warrant against Meena in September, which was stayed by the Delhi High Court. Justice Aggarwal had accused Meena of delaying the proceedings of the Commission.

Jung’s letter to Justice Aggarwal is likely to give fresh political ammunition to the AAP government which has trained guns on the Centre for frequently troubling it and using the CBI for vendetta driven raid on the Secretariat.

Soon after the CoI was constituted, the MHA in August declared the CoI legally null and void The Ministry, which controls Raj Niwas, said the Kejriwal-led Delhi government was not competent to set up such a probe.
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