February 11, 2016 7:40:05 pm
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
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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