New Delhi, July 11: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) filed another plea in the Supreme Court seeking an early disposal of all appeals filed by the Delhi government over the powers it holds in view of the recent verdict by a Constitution bench. According to the reports, the Delhi government has approached the apex court as there’s still some confusion over who has powers in transfers and postings of officials, senior standing counsel for the AAP, Rahul Mehra, said.
The court has said that it would hear the matter next week. The decision to approach the Supreme Court again has come after Lt Governor Anil Baijal transferred three IAS officers. The action by the L-G comes days after the Supreme Court clipped Baijal’s powers, restricting his jurisdiction to land, police and public order. The services, department, however, still continues to be the bone of contention between the two.
The three-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on July 4 ruled that the Lt Governor was bound to act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had accused Baijal of violating the Supreme Court’s ruling by not handing over the matter related to services department. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi CM said, “MHA has advised LG to ignore that part of SC order, which restricts LG’s powers to only 3 subjects. Very dangerous that central govt advising LG not to follow Hon’ble SC’s orders. Have sought time from Rajnath Singh ji to urge him to follow Hon’ble SC’s orders.”
The Centre, however, rubbished the accusations saying that the matter of the services department is still pending in the top court. Denying giving any orders to L-G Baijal, the Home Ministry said that the reports that it has asked him to not follow the Supreme Court’s ruling are “misleading”.
With agency inputs