THE DELHI government Friday withdrew from the Supreme Court its suit on declaring the capital a ‘state’ for the purposes of governance and administration. The move was prompted by the filing of six appeals against the Delhi High Court judgment that had given primacy to the Lieutenant Governor in matters of administration.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising informed a bench led by Justice A K Sikri that the government has decided to withdraw its suit as the HC order has been challenged separately through multiple petitions.
She also sought liberty to enable the government to file its suit later, in case a fresh cause of action arises. “Since I am withdrawing the suit, it should not come in my way of filing such a suit in future,” said Jaising.
The bench, on August 29, had taken note of Jaising’s earlier statement that the appeal against the HC order would be filed shortly, and had asked the other government counsel as to when it would be filed.