New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging notifications issued by the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi amid a power tussle with the Centre on Thursday.
The apex court is expected to rule upon issues like who has the control over services in Delhi administration, postings and transfers of bureaucrats, the power to set up commission of inquiry and also who commands authority over the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
A bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan will pronounce their findings at 10:30 AM on nine petitions that were filed before the court in connection with the dispute. The hearing had concluded on November 1, 2018.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has long been at loggerheads with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and his predecessor Najeeb Jung over who holds the power strings in the national capital.
The Aam Aadmi Party has maintained that it has had little to no say in the capital’s governance, despite being voted to power by a clear mandate.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
The Supreme Court, in its earlier order in July 2018, had ruled that Delhi cannot be granted statehood, as sought by the incumbent AAP government, but also maintaining that the Lieutenant Governor has no “independent decision-making power” and must act on the “aid and advice” of the elected government.
However, this verdict overturned an August 2016 high court judgment which contended that Delhi was a Union territory and all its powers lie with the Centre and not the city government.
The Supreme Court then refused to elaborate on specific areas – that lead to further confusion over the interpretation of its verdict.
Following this, both Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal knocked the doors of the court again, seeking “more clarity”.