Cen­tre stalling bills of govt lawyers: Siso­dia

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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