New Delhi, July 7: The Centre on Friday rubbished Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s accusations that the Union government and the Lt Governor were violating the Supreme Court order by not handing over the matter related to services department. In its defence, the Centre said that the matter is still pending in the Supreme Court. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in Delhi Cross 1.45 Lakh-mark, Kejriwal Says Situation Under Control | Top Developments
The Home Ministry denied giving any orders to L-G Anil Baijal and said that the reports that it has asked him to not follow the Supreme Court’s ruling are “misleading”. Baijal also said that he would take charge of the Services department until or unless the apex court rules on the notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs which had authorised him to decide on transfers and postings of bureaucrats in 2015. Also Read - Big Weapon Systems Will Now be Produced in India, Says Rajnath Singh After Restricting Import of 101 Defence Items
“Hon’ble L-G informed that in the wake of the judgment of the learned Constitution Bench of Hon’ble Supreme Court, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has advised that as per concluding paras of judgment, the nine appeals, including the one relating to ‘Services’, shall be taken up by the learned regular Bench and the MHA notification dated 21.05.2015 continue to be valid,” Baijal said. Also Read - From Sinper Rifle to Air Missiles, India Announces Import Ban on 101 Defence Items | Check Full List
“The MHA has not advised the LG to ignore any part of the SC order. This is a misleading statement. This advice is based on the Ministry of law’s opinion that the Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court has clearly ordered that the matter be placed before the appropriate regular bench,” the Home Ministry said.
“This advice is based on Ministry of Law’s opinion that the Constitution Bench has clearly ordered that the matter be placed before the appropriate regular Bench. In fact, it would be against the law to take a final continued view on matter related to Services which is still pending before the regular Bench. This is also in accordance with the Proviso to Article 145(3) of the Constitution,” the statement said.
Accusing the Centre of asking L-G Baijal to not hand over the Services department, Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that they are discussing their next step with lawyers and cabinet ministers after Lt. Governor Anil Baijal refused to hand over the Services Department to the city state’s elected government.
“The MHA has advised LG to ignore that part of SC order, which restricts LG’s powers to only 3 subjects. Very dangerous that Central government advising LG not to follow SC’s orders. Have sought time from Rajnath Singh to urge him to follow SC’s orders,” he said in a tweet.