No Parliamentary Secretary in Delhi now, says AAP
The AAP on Thursday said there are no Parliamentary Secretaries in Delhi following the Delhi High Court’s order quashing their appointments. Delhi’s ruling party noted that the verdict was based on the high court’s earlier ruling giving the Lieutenant Governor primacy in administrative affairs in the Capital.
AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey said the Delhi government told the court that the appointment of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries was made without the approval of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
“Taking cognisance of this the high court quashed the appointments of the 21 Parliamentary Secretaries. This implies that at this point of time there is no Parliamentary Secretary in Delhi,” Pandey said.
Nagendar Sharma, media advisor to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said: “After today’s (Thursday) high court order there is no Parliamentary Secretary in Delhi.” Sharma said they will not move the Supreme Court over the issue. “Why should we go to Supreme Court?”
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the AAP government’s decision to appoint 21 party legislators as Parliamentary Secretaries.
The order came around a month after the high court on August 4 held that the LG was the administrative head of the Union Territory of Delhi and his concurrence was “mandatory” in administrative issues.
A Bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal set aside the March 13, 2015 order after the counsel appearing for the Delhi government “conceded” that it was issued without taking concurrence or views of LG Jung.