Supreme Court to consider constitution bench to hear AAP government’s plea

The Delhi government had told the apex court on February 2 that it has exclusive executive powers in relation to matters falling within the purview of the Legislative Assembly and neither the Centre nor the President or the LG could encroach on them.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 11, 2017 12:23 pm
supreme court, arvind kejriwal, aap, delhi Lieutenant governor, Gopal Subramanium, delhi government Supreme Court (File)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday assured the AAP-led Delhi government that it would consider setting up a five-judge constitution bench to decide its batch of appeals challenging the high court verdict holding the Lieutenant governor administrative head of the national capital territory.

“We will post it and consider setting up of the bench,” a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said when senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, representing the Delhi government, mentioned the matters for early adjudication.

Subramanium said a two-judge bench had earlier referred the appeals to a constitution bench which is to be set up. The bench, which assured Subramanium that it would set up the bench, also said, “…this is a very difficult and complicated problem. However we will do it”.

The Delhi government had told the apex court on February 2 that it has exclusive executive powers in relation to matters falling within the purview of the Legislative Assembly and neither the Centre nor the President or the LG could encroach on them.

The apex court had on December 14 last year observed that the Delhi government should have some powers, otherwise it cannot function. On September 9 last year, the apex court had refused to grant an interim stay on the August 4 verdict of the Delhi High Court.

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    Kash40
    Jul 12, 2017 at 2:10 am
    Cons utional provisions for a Union territory is different from that full fledged state. AAP on many occasions have not realised/understood the basics. SC will certainly apply it's mind dispose the appeal appropriately.
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    Parth Garg
    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm
    Hoping for an early decision or else the tenure of the elected government would end and the pe ions would stand infructuous.
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    Ram Avtar
    Jul 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm
    After all , AAP Government is an elected government and it must be given free hand to do welfare activities for the general public of Delhi. The hindrances created by Central Government thru LG are not logical.If the CM has to go to LG for every work he would like to do for the betterment of Delhi people, than what are his powers? Is he a Rubber Stamp? But, now the matter is in the highest court, hope it will be settled once and for all
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