The two reasons behind Delhi CM Vs LG Judgment – Illegal order on KG Basin probe & attempt to probe Cricket corruption

There are no winners or losers in the Supreme Court judgment in Delhi CM vs LG. It is just a reiteration of the Constitution of India

There are no winners or losers in the Supreme Court judgment in Delhi CM vs LG. It is just a reiteration of the Constitution of India
There are no winners or losers in the Supreme Court judgment in Delhi CM vs LG. It is just a reiteration of the Constitution of India

Public memory is, unfortunately, very short. Most people may have forgotten the actual reasons behind the tiff between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) run Delhi Government and Lieutenant Governor (read Central Government). Two incidents are behind this tussle which ultimately led to Wednesday’s Supreme Court verdict, which is generally seen as a reiteration of the Constitution.

The first incident:

The first incident was an instance of illegal action/ abuse of power by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during his first tenure as Chief Minister in January 2014. Those days the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government was at the fag end of its rule, facing a barrage of corruption allegations. One of the main corruption issues was Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Group related controversies by Congress Government’s favoritism in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) Basin gas exploration and gas pricing. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) was under the Delhi State Government at that time and it was the Vigilance mechanism of the Delhi State Government and the KG Basin issue did not come under the domain of ACB.

But playing to the gallery, all of a sudden, Kejriwal convened a press conference and announced that he ordered a probe by the ACB on corruption allegations in KG Basin. Knowingly Kejriwal was playing out a drama/ fraud as it was an issue related to Central Government’s Petroleum Ministry and the probe agency power was with only the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The illegal FIR also accused the then Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance and as expected the illegal FR got quashed by the High Court. Here Kejriwal was literally abusing his power by issuing an illegal order.

The second incident:

In his second term as Chief Minister, around mid-2015, Kejriwal and his one time friend, the then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley started locking horns. Jaitley was aware that Kejriwal was going to fix him in the corruption in Delhi’s Cricket body DDCA. Arun Jaitley was controlling DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association) for the past two decades and rampant money laundering and corruption was alleged by iconic cricketers Bishan Singh Bedi and BJP MP Kirti Azad. They submitted a detailed petition against Jaitley controlled DDCA and Kejriwal decided to order a probe by the ACB.

Sensing danger, obviously at the instance of Arun Jaitley, the Centre issued a gazette notification taking over the control of ACB and placed it under the Lieutenant Governor (LG).

The rest is history and in a surprise move the CBI raided Kejriwal’s office and arrested his Private Secretary and charge sheeted him for corruption. Kejriwal and AAP leaders raised a series of money laundering and corruption allegations against Arun Jaitley in running the DDCA. Though these allegations were raised by Bishan Singh Bedi & Kirti Azad, Jaitley never reacted though the cricketers challenged him many times. But he only filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and AAP leaders. In a sudden volte face, the shameless Kejriwal apologized to Jaitley! One wonders what really transpired…

After the ACB takeover by the centre, the Delhi AAP Government went to the courts alleging that the LG is usurping powers. Wednesday’s Supreme Court Order is not a specific order. It generally speaks about the position in Constitution. The Gazette notification of centre for taking over of ACB was also challenged by the AAP Government. But this matter is now with a separate Bench of the Supreme Court.

Tail Piece: During his tenure as an anti-corruption crusader, Kejriwal had declared the then Home Minister P Chidambaram as one of the most corrupt persons. Later Chidambaram landed as the lawyer of Delhi’s AAP Government by accepting hefty fees. After the judgment on Wednesday, Chief Minister Kejriwal went to his advocate Chidambaram’s home to congratulate him. Is there any word called “ethics” in the dictionary of Arvind Kejriwal? The answer is a Big NO.

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  1. No one expects Kejriwal to be of having any moral character and stickler to his words. But one thing is to be made clear, Jaitley is also above board if there was indeed a rampant corruption during his tenure. Then how come Modi has chosen him that too to Finance Ministry is a real question. I am not bothered about Kejriwal as he cannot do much damage also to the Delhi let alone India. but Jaitley if he is not above board, then he can cause serious damage to india. This is the most important thing.

  2. I think the people like Ambani and the likes and numerous Gujarati and other business have usurped alot of Indian bank money in buying this and that. And the press shows this as some sort of financial strength of companies like reliance, whereas the secret is these companies are debt ridden to an extent to bankrupt the whole banking systems and keep postponing the disaster just like how US treasury keep increasing the debt ceiling year by year. Reliance uses publich depositor money through banks and makes money out of it it buys assets on its name while the actual money is from innocent citizen. This game of Anglo Saxon banking system will one day crash and fall flat, bloodshed it will be but for furture good… industrialsts work on relative profit, which are directly absolutely fake, CAs and auditors are hand and glove with them…

  3. Article never says that Jaitley was non-corrupt. It talks about the double standard of Kejriwal. Is he not a double standard guy? As for SC judgement, there us nothing against Govt or AAP. It says all need to work for the welfare of delhi people. God only knows why AAP is celebrating as if it was a landmark judgement. AAP is not a party it deemed to be it was when it started and I am sure Delhi ites would have realised their mistake when they selected him. He did nothing for the state he was selected, every now and then blaming Modi and saying he has no powers. Why did he became CM then, he knows this earlier.

  4. This article is so biased against AAP. Was there corruption involved in the reliance-KG Basin affair or not? Was there any truth in B.S. BEDI’S and kirti Azad’s allegations against JAITLEY?. As for as we know in India, these are honorable. and legendary cricketers. Again, the latest SC ruling was a virtual censure against MODI’s delhi LG who shamelessly tried to subvert the legitimate work of an elected govt. Just because kejrival met his attorney, Chidambaram who is still not disbarred from practicing in the SC, Does that make KEJRIWAL A BAD PERSON? Don’t be able shamelessly biased. You will lose credibility. FACE IT, BJP AND IT’s LG LOST SO MISERABLY IN THE LATEST SC BATTLE.

    • Delhi Govt has no locus standi on ordering probe on KG Basin issues. Kejriwal was playing his usual fraud drama. Kejriwal is a fraud. George, your Church fooled believers by asking on Sunday prayers to vote for AAP.

      • So, did the Modi govt that had the locus standi to order the corruption probe do its duty? Or did it receive kickbacks and protect Reliance?. Yet kejriwal who ordered the probe is a BAAAD GUY.

    • Dear George, The issue is whether Kejriwal accused Chidambarm as the most corrupt person or not. if the answer is YES then is it ethical to engage Chidambara as his Advocate?

  5. Definitely…there is no politician in India as shrewd, shameless and opportunistic like kejriwal. But not only his plan of becoming quick pm failed, he is now a day’s in precarious situation to save his Delhi government in next elections.


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