New Delhi: The BJP on Thursday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for questioning the Supreme Court verdict on the split verdict on who controls services in the National Capital Territory, saying that the latter has been an “anarchist”. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Urges EC To Merge Remaining Phases of Bengal Polls Into One Amid COVID Cases Surge
“We can’t believe a democratically elected CM can use this type of language for Supreme Court. He has always been an anarchist; tampering with rules while putting constitution at stake is his method,” said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. Also Read - Karnataka Makes RT-PCR Test Mandatory For Kumbh Mela Returnees As COVID Cases Rise in State
Patra further asked whether the matters in the court will be decided by the judge or the Delhi CM. Also Read - No Plans To Club Remaining West Bengal Poll Phases into One, Says Election Commission
He said the BJP is considering moving a contempt of court application against Kejriwal for “declaring war on the Supreme Court” and calling the verdict “unconstitutional”.
Meanwhile, objecting to Kejriwal’s remarks on the SC verdict, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit said: “Constitution has defined the power Delhi has, its not unlimited. Centre, Lt Governor and Home Ministry handle a lot of things. So fighting is no solution, make changes if needed. Power doesn’t depend on the number of seats you have.”
The top court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on the contentious issue of division of powers between the Delhi government and the Centre over control of services, covering issues like transfer of officials, and referred the matter to a larger bench.
A two-judge bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, however, agreed upon matters pertaining to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), setting up of commissions of inquiry, control over electricity boards, land revenue matters and appointment of pubic prosecutors.
The bench upheld the Centre’s notification that its employees cannot be probed in corruption cases by the ACB, which is part of the Delhi government but controlled by the lieutenant governor (LG). It said instead of the LG, the Delhi government will have the right to appoint public prosecutors or law officers.
It also said the Delhi government will have authority over land revenue matters, including fixation of land revenue rates. The power to appoint enquiry commission will be with the Centre.
The top court said the Delhi government has the power to appoint or deal with electricity commission or board.
Terming the verdict as against “Constitution and democracy”, Kejriwal said the AAP government will seek legal remedies.
“Delhi government has had authority over the ACB for the past 40 years and now suddenly it does not… If someone comes to us with a corruption complaint, how will we help them?” he said.