Fight for Delhi: As capital, Delhi belongs to whole country, says Centre

The Additional Solicitor General added that the committee had advocated that the city remain a centrally-controlled Union Territory to prevent any suggestion of regionalism.

By: Express News Service | Delhi | Published: January 30, 2016 2:49:49 am

During the hearing on the distribution of power between the Centre and the Delhi government, the Centre Friday said the city had remained a capital “historically” and “belonged to the whole country”.

Arguing before the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain said the S Balakrishnan Committee report — at the time of introducing the Constitutional amendment — had noted that Delhi was a “national capital” which “belongs to the whole country”.

The Additional Solicitor General added that the committee had advocated that the city remain a centrally-controlled Union Territory to prevent any suggestion of regionalism.

The arguments were made during a hearing on a batch of several petitions regarding the ongoing dispute between the Lieutenant Governor and the Delhi government on the powers of the Lt Governor as the “administrative authority over the capital”.

The Additional Solicitor General also argued that under the provisions of the Constitution, the decision taken by the Lt Governor has to prevail in case of any dispute between him and the council of ministers.

The lawyer also cited examples of capital cities including Washington DC, Ottawa etc which were “centrally administered” and not given full political statehood.
The arguments will continue Tuesday.

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