Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta on Monday called on Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung over what he alleged was “unconstitutional" and “unilateral" appointment of the chairperson of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).
The Rohini MLA said he also submitted a memorandum to the L-G which argued that the appointment of Krishna Saini as the chairperson of the Capital's electricity watchdog was “highly repulsive, objectionable" and in violation of the Delhi Electricity Act, 2003. “I was assured by Mr. Jung that the matter would be taken up at the earliest and that he would seek a detailed report on the appointment (of Mr. Saini) from the Delhi government," Mr. Gupta told The Media, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had “evidently strayed from existing legal procedures to make the appointment".
According to the memorandum submitted to the L-G, the appointment of Mr. Saini through an order issued by the Delhi government on March 4 was in contravention of Section 89 of the Delhi Electricity Act, 2003. The Act, Mr. Gupta said, mandated that a selection committee chaired by a retired Judge of the Delhi High Court should recommend two names to the State government, one of which was then supposed to be sent to the L-G for approval. “The selection of both the names was done by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but the file related to the appointment did not reach the L-G's office," Mr. Gupta added.