Aap Vs L-g Power Tussle Highlights: Kejriwal Calls Sc Verdict Unfortunate, Says Injustice With People Of Delhi
Posted on October 03, 2017 by irene 93 out of 100 based on 572 user ratings
AAP vs L-G HIGHLIGHTS: The Supreme Court Thursday delivered a split judgment on the tussle between the Lieutenant Governor and the Delhi government on the regulation of services in the national capital. While the bench comprising Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan agreed on the Centre having control over the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in Delhi, it had a difference in opinion on jurisdiction over ‘Services’ following which the issue was referred to a larger bench.
The court gave the Stamp Act, Electricity Board and Public Prosecutor to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) and Commission of inquiry, ACB to the Centre. The NCT also got the ‘Revision of minimum rates of agricultural land’ but the Court said that the L-G can refer to President in this case.
In July 2018, a five-judge Constitution bench of the court had laid down broad parameters for governing the national capital, which has witnessed a battle for turf between the Centre and the Arvind Kejriwal government. The apex court had ruled that the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) has no “independent decision-making power” and that he has to take decisions on the advice of the Cabinet.
After this, on September 19, the Centre had told the apex court that administration of Delhi cannot be left to the Delhi government alone and emphasised that it has an “extraordinary” position by virtue of Delhi being the country’s capital. On the other hand, the Delhi government on October 4, told the apex court that it wanted its petitions relating to governance of the national capital be heard soon as it did not want “stalemate to continue in administration”. The bench had reserved its verdict in the case on November 1, 2018.
Watch: What the Supreme Court had said in July last year
Supreme Court delivered its verdict on Delhi govt-LG power tussle today. Follow HIGHLIGHTS
AAP vs L-G power tussle: During the hearings, the Centre had told the apex court that the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) has the power to regulate services in Delhi. The powers are delegated to the administrator of Delhi and the services can be administered through him, it had said. The Centre also said that unless the President of India expressly directs, the LG, who is the administrator of Delhi, cannot consult the Chief Minister or the Council of Ministers.
The Delhi government had told the top court that it wanted to know where it stands with regard to the administration in view of the Constitution bench verdict of the apex court on July 4.
The Governance of the national capital has witnessed a power struggle between the Centre and the Delhi government since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power in 2014. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had been at loggerheads with incumbent LG Anil Baijal and his predecessor Najeeb Jung. Kejriwal had accused the two of preventing the functioning of his government at the behest of the BJP-led central government.