New Delhi, July 7: The Centre and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal should approach the Supreme Court if they have confusion over the ‘Services’ issue, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. He asserted that though the Supreme Court’s July 4 order made it clear that his government had the power to transfer or post bureaucrats, both LG Baijal and the MHA were interpreting the SC’s order in a strange way.Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2022: AAP Promises 300 Units of Free Electricity, 24-Hour Power Supply to UP Voters
“They are saying they are ready for the files and concurrence part of the order, but will not accept the Services order. This is not done, either apply for the order fully or not at all. You can not accept the order as per your wish,” he said. Also Read - Delhi Unlock Guidelines: Marriage Parties Allowed With 100 People | What’s Allowed, What’s Not
Kejriwal also said that “on one hand, the MHA is saying they are not interfering in the works of the Lt. Governor, but they themselves in a statement released on Friday said they have asked the Lt. Governor to wait for the Supreme Court’s order on Services.” Also Read - Four-Storey Building Collapses in Delhi's Sabzi Mandi Area; 2 Killed, Several Feared Trapped
“The court has said apart from three matters (police, land and public order), all the powers will be with the Delhi government, including the Services. The judgement is a law now, they are not following it. It is contempt of the court,” he added.
Earlier on Friday, CM Kejriwal had accused the LG of working at the behest of Centre. The Delhi CM alleged that Centre has asked Anil Baijal to ignore the Supreme Court’s order, which restricts his powers to only three subjects. Terming the CM’s remarks, ‘misleading’, the MHA asserted that it has only advised the L-G, based on a reference received from him, to follow the law.
“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. In fact it would be against the law to take a final view on the 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,” an MHA official said.
The war over the administration and governance of Delhi intensified after the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of the elected city government and clipped the Lt Governor’s independent decision-making powers.
The order 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 AAP government first came to power in 2014.
(With inputs from IANS)