Centre stalling bills of govt lawyers: Sisodia
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged on Friday that the BJP was pressuring the IAS officers to “stall” the payment of bills to lawyers who have appeared for the Delhi government in the Supreme Court.
Sisodia also alleged that the bureaucrats have refused to pay the fees of the Delhi government’s lawyers.
“Now, BJP gets officers to stall payment of bills to lawyers who appeared for Del govt in SC. IAS officers refuse to pay bills of lawyers (sic),” he tweeted.
Following Sisodia’s tweet, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said the development was “absolutely shocking” as the Centre has “lost case” pertaining to the power tussle between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor in the apex court.
“Absolutely shocking. Becoz central govt lost case in SC, is it right for them to stall payments to Del govt’s lawyers, who appeared in that case, by pressurizing Del govt officers? Does it not amount to obstructing administration of justice? (sic),” he tweeted.
A government official said the general administration and finance departments have suggested that the L-G’s approval was required for paying the lawyers despite Law Minister Kailash Gahlot restoring the lawyers’ panel scrapped by L-G Anil Baijal.
The official said there are many Delhi government lawyers whose payment has not been cleared by the departments.