Many legal disputes one after the other between Delhi government and LG have reached the Supreme Court. On Friday, while hearing the petition of Arvind Kejriwal government related to ‘Farishte Yojana’, the Supreme Court advised the LG not to make every issue a question of prestige. After hearing the reply of the LG, the court asked for an affidavit from him and said that if what he said was true, a heavy fine would be imposed on the Aam Aadmi Party government.
‘Farishte’ is a scheme of the Delhi government under which people injured in road accidents are given free treatment if they are taken to the nearest government or private hospital and the person taking them to the hospital is rewarded. Delhi government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court accusing the LG and officials of creating hurdles in funding. The court had issued notice to LG.
Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain appeared on behalf of LG to reply to the notice. He told the bench of BR Gavai and Sandeep Mehta that LG had no role in the scheme. It is operated through a society whose head is the Health Minister of Delhi. Funds have been released after the meeting of the government and society. He said that LG is being dragged into this unnecessarily.
The Supreme Court told Jain, ‘You tell your LG not to make every issue a question of prestige.’ On this, Jain said that this is not an issue of Cabinet vs LG as mentioned in the petition. Jain described the matter before the bench as a ‘storm in a teacup’. After this, the top court asked the LG’s lawyer to file an affidavit in this regard. If we find that the minister has cheated us, we will impose appropriate penalty.
On this, Jain said that ‘no one has cheated anyone and hopes that the petitioner has used the platform of this court to instigate something. This is a classic example of a storm in a teacup. The senior advocate told the bench that ‘the scheme was run by a society and in the recent meeting of the society held on January 2, it has been decided to release the funds, due to which all the pending claims will be released.