New Delhi, July 5: A day after the Supreme Court clipped the powers of the Lieutenant Governor, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Anil Baijal saying,“The LG’s concurrence would now not be required on any matter.” Also Read - Delhi Records 10,732 COVID Cases in Highest Ever Single-Day Spike
“I wish to bring to your kind notice two specific issues adjudged by Hon’ble Supreme Court -LG’s ‘concurrence’ would now not be required on any matter and executive powers related to ‘Services’ lies with Council of Ministers,” Delhi CM Kejriwal said in a letter to Lt Governor Baijal. Also Read - Lockdown in Delhi Only If Health System Collapses, Says CM Kejriwal; Terms 4th COVID Wave 'Extremely Dangerous' | Key Points
Notably, the letter came hours after the Delhi Services Department refused to comply with the AAP government’s order on transfers saying the Supreme Court did not abolish the notification issued in 2016 which made the Ministry of Home Affairs the authority for transfers and postings. Also Read - Coronavirus: Delhi Registers 7,897 New Covid-19 Cases, Active Case Tally Touches 28,773 Mark
Reacting over their decision, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had said that the refusal to accept the government’s order amounts to “contempt of court”. He also asked both the LG and Centre to comply with the court ruling and work in cooperation with the Delhi government to avoid any obstruction to work.
“It is our request to the Lt Governor and Centre to cooperate and work according to the (court) order. Because of a technical formality, work should not be hindered,” Sisodia said.
“Chief Secretary (Services) sent us a written document expressing why the Services department would not be able to carry out the orders. We are consulting our lawyers regarding the issue,” he added.
Sisodia said the apex court had clearly stated that the Lt Governor, appointed by the Centre, was bound by the aid and advice of the Ministers of the city government in all areas except land, police and public order.
“It is clear that the Centre does not have any role now after the apex court order. The Services department is not under the Centre. But if they refuse to cooperate, then how will the country’s system work, how will the city function?” he said.
The tussle between the Delhi government and central government continues even after the Supreme Court’s judgement, which clipped the powers of the LG. It said he has no “independent decision making power” and has to act on the aid and advice of the elected government.
The judgement by a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, laid down broad parameters for the governance of the national capital, which has witnessed a bitter power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government since the Aam Aadmi Party government first came to power in 2014.
(With agency inputs)