The Delhi government today reinstated its panels of lawyers in the Supreme Court and High Court that were scrapped by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said here, days after the apex court clipped the power of the lieutenant governor.
"LG had cancelled Del govt's panels of advocates in HC and SC due to which Del govt's cases in these courts were suffering. Today, Del govt restored both panels (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted.
The panel for the high court included prominent lawyers like Indira Jaising, Rebecca Mammen John, Colin Gonsalves, among others.
A government official said that the fees of lawyers' were stuck after the panels were scrapped and the payments will be released now.
Citing alleged procedural lapses, the lieutenant governor had in May declared as "invalid" the panel of fourteen lawyers appointed by the Delhi government for appearance in cases before Delhi High Court.
In a written communication to Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, L-G's Principal Secretary Vijay Kumar had said that the orders regarding the panel of lawyers had allegedly been issued without obtaining the approval of the Lt Governor.
After the Supreme Court's landmark judgement on July 4 on division of powers, the Delhi government had introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making the chief minister the approving authority.
However, the services department refused to comply, saying the Supreme Court did not abolish the notification issued in 2015 which made the Union Minister of Home Affairs the authority for transfers and postings.
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