Former Attorney General of India, Soli Sorabjee has criticized former Delhi Chief Minister for his unsavoury comments regarding President’s Rule in Delhi. He has thus welcomed Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s decision to recommend for President’s rule. Kejriwal had quoted Sorabjee on many occasions to justify his position on the Jan Lokpal Bill. This was tabled without prior consent from the Central Government.
The former Delhi
been in the news for his rather unprovoked attack on India’s
largest Private Sector enterprise – Reliance Industries Limited.
That, along with a stinging attack on RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani and
Oil Minister Veerappa Moily has divided opinion on the true
intentions of the activist-turned-politician.
revered jurist praised Lt. Governor Jung for following protocol and
turning to the centre to seek permission before imposing President’s
Rule. Sorabjee was quoted as saying, "He (Jung) did not make the
rule. As far as the rule is there..as far as the rule is not stayed
or struck down by the court of law, the Lt Governor has to follow it.
"LG did not make the rule. So the rule is there and one is
supposed to follow it." This came on the back of India’s
newest political party seeking Sorabjee’s advice on whether it had
the power to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in the assembly.
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.
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,"
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.