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LG a lighthouse, his approval required to implement decisions: Centre

The ASG was addressing arguments during final hearing on the issue of interpretation of Article 239AA regarding the powers of the LG on the governance of Delhi.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: February 11, 2016 7:40 pm
najib Jung, governor, lighthouse, Governor a lighthouse Additional Solicitor General Jain said as per the transaction of business rules (TBR), LG has to be always kept in the loop. (Source: Express files)

Lieutenant Governor is akin to a “lighthouse” without whose approval no ship can enter the harbour, the Centre today told Delhi High Court regarding the implementation of various decisions of the Delhi government.

“There is a pyramid comprising the council of ministers with the Chief Minister at its head and parallel to that is a tower, a lighthouse, without whose approval no ship can come into the harbour,” Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain told a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant
Nath.

The ASG was addressing arguments during final hearing on the issue of interpretation of Article 239AA regarding the powers of the LG on the governance of Delhi.

A total of eleven cases arising out of the spat between the LG and the Delhi government, are being heard together by the bench headed by the Chief Justice.

During arguments, ASG Jain said as per the transaction of business rules (TBR), LG has to be always kept in the loop.

He said the LG can intervene during the decision-making process, particularly when there is a difference of opinion between two ministries of the government, and the matter can be referred to the council of ministers for a resolution.

The ASG made it clear that despite the intervention at an initial stage of decision-making, the LG was still entitled to give his views with regard to the final decision taken by the council of ministers.

He also said the LG has to be mandatorily involved or kept in the loop from the start in all matters mentioned in the TBRs which carry the phrase – ‘of administrative importance’.

The arguments remained inconclusive and would continue on February 15.

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    ashih
    Mar 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm
    LG may has to be kept in the loop, that's not the issue for the delhi govt. But then , he will have to sign the files sent to him, as per law, he is bound to act on aid and advice of the council of ministers "on those matters which fall inside the domain of the Delhi embly". So on those matters, if he is kept in the loop, he will have to sign the files sent by delhi govt to him. He can't reject. Like appointment of the DCW chairperson, appointment of the DERC chairperson, matters related to education, electricity etc, except police, land and public order, which are reserved subjects. But, on these reserved subjects also, he has to consult the ministers !! That's a different thing that in case of any disagreement the LG can send the matter to the President(Central Govt), and at the end, the LG will have the last say, but this will be only on those matters, which fall outside the domain of the Delhi embly !! Means, the matters where the LG may act in his discretion(but not without completing the w consutional process of consulting the ministers).
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      Rajesh
      Feb 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm
      AAPs have never read the Consution, so there is no point, telling these morons.
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        Bijan Mohanty
        Feb 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm
        Only u have read consution, Great man.
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Feb 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm
          LG is a lighthouse for BJP; To Delhites, he is a dark house who has been retained by Narendra Modi to block all developmental moves by Delhi Govt. and to protect corrupt officials who are loyal to Modi govt. Worst abuse of power by any PM.
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            Mahesh
            Feb 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm
            BJP leadership has become a fool.The more they create hindrance to AAP,more is advantageous to AAP. By the way NaMo has appointed some buffoons as Additional Solicitor Generals.
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