The legal tussle between the Delhi government and the central government — over “control” of administrative issues and distribution of power in the capital — is set to be decided Thursday.
The Delhi High Court will pronounce its verdict on a set of 11 petitions challenging various decisions of the AAP government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, and the interpretation of Article 239 AA of the Constitution. The Article grants “special status” to Delhi, with the LG as an ‘administrator’ who has powers different from the governor of a state.
The AAP government and Jung have clashed over appointments and transfers of officials, initiation of investigation by the Anti-Corruption Branch and setting up of a Commission of Inquiry.
The AAP government, in its argument, has said the LG was “bound by the advice” of the Cabinet, while the central government has said that various decisions including the allotment of departments to officials were under the authority of the LG after they were approved by the Centre.