Arvind Kejriwal Vs Najeeb Jung: Will Delhi High Court's Order Mean An End For Their Ugly Battle
In a major setback to the AAP government, the Delhi High Court on Thursday ruled that the L-G is the administrative head of the National Capital Territory.
The High Court further held that no action can be taken by ACB against Central government officials. The AAP government’s counsel said they will file an appeal against the order immediately.
The bench, comprising Chief justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath ruled that decisions taken by the Delhi government without consulting the LG were illegal.
The court said on reading of article 239 AA and the NCT Act, Delhi continues to be a union territory. The court said article 239 AA continues to be in effect and that the contention of the Delhi government is without substance and cannot be accepted.
In its remarks, the AAP government said it will challenge the High Court order. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: “It is a battle between the selected and the elected… We respect the decision of the Delhi High Court and I understand that the court arrived at its decision after examining various aspects of the matter. But we disagree with the view of the court. We will be moving the Supreme Court.”
Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who has had a running battle with the AAP government on a range of jurisdictional issues, said: “This is nobody’s victory. Arvind Kejriwal and Najeeb Jung don’t exist. It is not that we will give sweets to each other today. These are things that the High Court had clarified today.”