As the tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government moved to the Supreme Court, sources confirmed that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has filed a caveat against the AAP government’s decision to approach the apex court against the Delhi High Court’s order.
On Thursday, the HC had ruled that the capital “continues to be a union territory” under the administrative control of the Lieutenant Governor and “does not acquire the status of a state”. According to sources, the home ministry in its caveat contended that the SC should not pass any order without listening to the MHA’s stand on the issue.
The Delhi High Court’s order Thursday came as a major setback to the AAP government. The HC bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath had also held that the AAP government’s decisions to probe alleged irregularities in the functioning of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and the CNG fitness “scam” was “illegal” since these orders were issued “without seeking the views/concurrence” of the LG.