If Tejinder Khanna is on his way out will Navin Chawla be the next LG of Delhi
By Sanjiv Acharya
Navin Chawla is one of the few powerful former civil servants who are considered close to the Gandhi family.
While he was the secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi during the Emergency and there were some allegations against him and after holding many important posts during his career in his last responsibility as Election Comissioner of India he was again the subject of allegations that he had favoured the Congress party in the elections. He is also known to have been inspired by Mother Teresa and has written her official biography and now he is rumoured to be the frontrunner for the post of the 20 th LG of Delhi.
Though the present LG of Delhi, Tejinder Khanna, has some time left in his tenure but there are rumours that he may resign before the end of his term because of the scandal surrounding the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The comptroller and auditor general of India has mentioned the LG in its report on the CWG Village that was commissioned by the Delhi Development Authority and built by the Emaar MGF construction company on the Yamuna river bank. The CAG report says that the DDA – whose ex-officio chairman is the LG of Delhi – failed to ensure that specific concerns of the Ministry of Environment and Forests were addressed during the construction of the controversial multi-storied Games Village.
The Supreme Court had allowed the DDA to construct the Games Village after the Attorney General GE Vahanvati had given an assurance that a committee headed by the LG, with Sheila Dikshit, the CM of Delhi and environmentalist Dr. RK Pachauri as other members would ensure that the environmental issues would be addressed. However, the CAG report says that the LG never called a meeting of the committee and there is nothing on record to show that this committee had ever met and Pachauri had reportedly told the CAG that he had never been called to any meeting of the committee.
With the CBI yet to file some more cases in the CWG scandal we will have to wait and see what happens. Anyway the LG of Delhi will be appointed with the consent of the chief minister. And is our sources are to be believed Sheila Dikshit has somebody else in mind for the post.
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