Notice to the Government of National Capital regarding funds distribution with the Civic bodies, by the HC, Delhi

New Delhi: In the case relating to funding civic bodies i.e. equitable distribution of funds amongst the State Government and Municipal corporation for ensuring financial independence and also securing proper functioning of the said Civic bodies, now the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has require the Lieutenant Governor to furnish its response on the issue.

Similarly, there were three more notices served on three Municipal Corporations by the Hon’ble Delhi High Court requiring furnishing their responses too, on the same issue. Such responses are sought by the Hon’ble Court to be furnished before the 13th day of May this year.

Hon’ble Delhi High Court’s bench comprising of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, who has made the order requiring to issue the said notices. It was particularly mentioned in the order that the Lieutenant Governor to the Government of Delhi and South, East and North Delhi’s Municipal Corporations and also Finance Commission of India are to be given notice to that effect.

The case matter was connected to the one Public Interest Litigation- PIL preferred by one Non-Governmental Organization  Campaign For People Participation In Development Planning . Under the said PIL the petitioner sought directions against the Government of Delhi, currently under the control of Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung. The directions were sought to release immediately adequate funds to the aforesaid three civic bodies to enable them performing properly their functions.

Other than the aforesaid claims the petition contains certain more reliefs, including directions to the concerned Respondents to duly discharge their duties being constitutional and while so bring into force the provisions of Constitution relating to ensuring financial independence, etc. to the said civic bodies. The directions were also sought against Government of Delhi and Lieutenant Governor restraining them from interfering in the functioning of the Finance Commission of Delhi and the Municipal Corporations under the provisions of Constitution of India. The said Public Interest Litigation is presented through Advocate, Anil Aggarwal.

It can be observed that the said Litigation was preferred in furtherance of the recent plan of the Current Government to stake claim on the Civic body after the safai karmacharis (cleaners) of the BJP ruled Municipal Corporation recently went on a waste-dumping spree on roads in Delhi.

By Faim Khalilkhan Pathan