The counsel for the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government said they will immediately file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the verdict of the High Court which ruled that L-G Najeeb Jung would remain the administrative head of the National Capital Territory. The court had dismissed the Delhi government’s contention that the L-G is bound to act on the advice of the council of ministers.
The May 21, 2015, notification of Centre barring ACB from proceeding against central government employees is neither illegal nor unsustainable, the HC bench had added.
The court also noted that article 239 remains intact and that Delhi continues to be a union territory. In further headache for CM Kejriwal, the court also held the appointment of the commission of inquiry into the alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) illegal.
In its order, the court said that policy directions cannot be issued without consulting with the L-G for his views.
Ever since the AAP government was voted into office last year, it has engaged in a back-and-forth war of words with the L-G’s office for control of administration in the national capital. Kejriwal has also repeatedly accused the Narendra Modi-led Centre of interfering in Delhi’s affairs using the office of the L-G. It has also demanded control of the Delhi Police, which currently comes under the Home Ministry, and complete statehood for Delhi. The BJP has rejected those allegations and said the AAP, which nurses national ambitions, has no time to govern Delhi.