LG V K Saxena flags ‘procedural lapses’ after AAP calls one-day session on Monday


Delhi Lt Governor V K Saxena has raised red flags over “procedural lapses” in summoning of the state Assembly’s one-day session on Monday amid AAP convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s questioning by the CBI in the alleged liquor scam case.
In a note to the Delhi government, Saxena has pointed out that the Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly has proposed to call the second part of the 4th session of the 7th Assembly, whereas the Delhi Cabinet has recommended for convening a one-day session of the Assembly, officials at LG office said on Sunday.
As per Rules and Act, the Assembly House, which was adjourned sine die on March 29, 2023, has to be first prorogued before a fresh session can be convened. As a session remains unprorogued, a new session cannot be convened, they said.
“I fail to understand as to under what circumstances and under which provision of the GNCTD Act, 1991 the Second Part of the Fourth Session (Budget Session) of the Seventh Legislative Assembly has been convened instead of moving a proposal for Prorogation of the Budget Session and convening of the “One Day Session as per the Cabinet Decision.” the LG said in his note.
This convening of Second Part of the Fourth Session (Budget Session) of the Seventh Legislative Assembly is not in accordance with the Cabinet Decision dated and hence inconsistent with the statutory provisions envisaged under section 6 of the Government of NCT of Delhi Act, 1991, he said.
“Therefore, the proposed Second Part of Fourth session on April 17 being summoned without following the due procedure, should not be convened,” Saxena suggested.
The LG, in his note, “advised” the government to direct the concerned department to submit an appropriate proposal to prorogue the Fourth Session (Budget Session) of the Seventh Legislative Assembly with immediate effect, and for summoning “One-Day Session” in accordance with provisions of Section 6 of the GNCTD Act, 1991.
The LG also highlighted that there was no indication of any proposed legislative business to be transacted by the Assembly on 17April.
“This also needs to be reflected in the Cabinet Decision as per Rule 15 (1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi Rules, 1997 to allow the members of the House to come prepared for fruitful deliberations,” read his note.