Supreme Court: Elected Delhi government should have some powers

In April, the HC had ruled that Delhi continues to remain a Union Territory under the Constitution with the L-G as its administrative head.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:December 15, 2016 5:02 am

The Supreme Court Wednesday observed that an elected government should have some powers and decided to fast-track the legal battle between the Lieutenant Governor and the Aam Aadmi Party government over power to administer the capital.

“We think the elected government in Delhi should have some powers, otherwise it cannot function… That is why this matter needs to be decided fast,” observed a bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice A M Sapre, fixing January 18 as the date to start hearing final arguments in the matter.

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The bench is seized of a bunch of petitions filed by the Delhi government against the judgment of the Delhi High Court, which had given primacy to the L-G in matters of administration in Delhi.

In April, the HC had ruled that Delhi continues to remain a Union Territory under the Constitution with the L-G as its administrative head.

Last month, the Delhi Cabinet had passed a resolution advising the L-G to dissolve the committee arguing that “impounding” of the files is creating hurdles in government works. The L-G had given the committee a six-week extension and rejected the city government’s request to dissolve the panel. The committee is examining any “irregularities” and “infirmities” in the files of the Delhi government.

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