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Kejriwal, Sisodia meet Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Delhi on Monday.— PTI

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Delhi on Monday.— PTI  

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hief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia on Monday called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in what Delhi government sources described was a courtesy call at Mr. Singh’s residence on Akbar Road.

A senior government official said the most significant topic of discussion was the disbursal of enhanced compensation to the kin of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims in the Capital.

Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia are believed to have discussed the recent decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to term the setting up of a commission of inquiry to probe the CNG fitness scam of 2002 by the Delhi government, ‘illegal’.

“The meeting can, at best, be described solely as a courtesy call since most of the matters constituting the tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre are already at various stages of litigation in city courts, and there is, logically, no use discussing or even broaching these,” said the official

“Both Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia did, discuss the modalities related to the disbursal of enhanced compensation cheques to the kin of the anti-Sikh riots victims as per a scheme announced by the Central government which it is yet to deliver on,” the official said.

On August 12, the Delhi cabinet had approved the distribution of enhanced compensation cheques of Rs. 5 lakh each to the kin of the riots victims.

The official said the Centre would refund the compensation amount, which is estimated at Rs. 120 crore, to the Delhi government as it was its scheme.

During the meeting, according to another official, Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia discussed the legal tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre over the functioning of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), which, however, was only broached before both sides decided not to discuss it further given its sub-judice status.



The legal tussle between Delhi government and Centre over functioning of Anti-Corruption Branch was only broached



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