Sorabjee added that it was improper to blame the LG for his decision to not permit the introduction of the bill without Centre's prior permission."Attributing this whole thing to him is very improper. My opinion is not the about the legality of the bill. It is about the power of the Lt Governor," he said.
The Delhi Government, ruled by the Aam Aadmi Party had asked India’s former Attorney whether Rule 55(1) of Transaction of Business Rules violates the Constitution and does the Central government have the power to make that rule under section 44 of the Government of NCT of Delhi Act. "My opinion was that Rule 55 (1) of the Transaction of Business Rules is ultra-vires(Latin for beyond power). That rule requires a Lt Governor's reference to the Central government," said Sorabjee.
He added that although his opinion was taken, which may be "good and sound weighty" but it was not a Supreme Court judgment. "So, till the rule is said or struck under the court, I think the LG has to follow the rule," he said. He also expressed his disappointment the way AAP has chosen to deal with this whole situation.
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