AAP vs Anil Baijal: The party has launched a signature campaign to seek full statehood for Delhi.
The Supreme Court will today give a verdict over the court ruling that the Lieutenant Governor was the administrative head of Delhi. Under the Constitution and the law, the city government does not have any control in matters of land, bureaucracy and the police. The AAP government has been long contending the decision and has also launched a signature campaign to seek full statehood for Delhi. The top court’s constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will pronounce the verdict at 10.30 am. The decision is being seen to be vital in deciding the future of the AAP government.
Here are the live updates of the top court’s verdict on AAP vs Anil Baijal battle:
Delhi Lt Governor Can’t Be Obstructionist: Top 5 Quotes Of Supreme Court
The Lieutenant Governor’s role cannot be “obstructionist” and he must act in harmony with the Delhi government, the Supreme Court said today. The government had challenge by a ruling of the Delhi High Court that had upheld the Lieutenant Governor as the last word in administrative issues in Delhi. In its verbal observations during the hearings, the three-judge bench of the top court, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra, had indicated that the Lieutenant-Governor appeared to have primacy under the Constitution but had to operate within some red lines.
State should enjoy freedom unsolicited interference: Supreme Court
LG should not act in a mechanical manner and stall decisions of council of ministers, says SC. The judges also said that the lieutenant governor hasn’t been entrusted with independent decision making power and that the state should enjoy freedom unsolicited interference. “Popular will can’t be allowed loose its purpose,” it said.
Real power must lie with with the elected government, says Supreme Court
“Lieutenant governor must act harmoniously with the Delhi government, its role cannot be obstructionist,” says Supreme Court
Democracy has been restored, says Raghav Chadha; Thanks Supreme Court
“Relationship between Centre and State Govt should be healthy,” says Dipak Misra
CJI says “obeying the constitution is everybody’s duty and responsibility” while reading out verdict
“Hope Supreme Court restores democracy in Delhi”: Raghav Chadha
“We are hopeful and we urge the Supreme Court to restore democracy in Delhi as well as the rights of the people. The Union government has done everything to paralyze government of Delhi. We hope the court will restore it,” Raghav Chadha.
Judges arrive in Supreme Court for the hearing of AAP Vs Centre battle
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been locked in a bitter power tussle with the centre ever since his AAP swept to power in Delhi in 2015. The Delhi government does not have control over land, bureaucracy and police. But AAP says the centre is trying to rule Delhi using the Lieutenant Governor to block its plans on other subjects such as health and education as well. Mr Kejriwal says the Lieutenant Governor has been working in a brazenly partisan fashion and at the instance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prevent the Delhi government.
At the heart of the Aam Aadmi Party government’s petition is the argument that an elected government cannot be without any power and the constitution could not give the Lieutenant Governor powers to “stultify daily governance by sitting over files”. The petition challenges the high court’s decision that the Lieutenant Governor is the administrative boss of Delhi.
Delhi facing “artificial” water, power crisis; AAP government “visionless”: Delhi BJP Chief
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari today alleged that the people of Delhi are facing an “artificial” water and power crisis due to the “visionless” functioning of the Arvind Kejriwal government. Claiming that according to an RTI reply by the Delhi Jal Board, water supply to the national capital from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh has been increasing constantly, he said, “Had the government ensured proper treatment of raw water received from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand and got it distributed under a judicious summer action plan, people of Delhi would get regular and proper water supply.”
Supreme Court’s to soon give its verdict on Delhi’s ongoing power dispute
Does the lieutenant governor exercise primary control in Delhi or is it the city government? Supreme Court to give verdict at 10: 30 am today.
These decisions were the starting point of the tussle for power. The Chief Minister says that any important decision taken by his government is negated by the Lieutenant Governor, who he accuses of acting as a stooge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to undermine the Delhi government.
“Kejriwal Govt left with zero control: AAP leader hits out at PM Modi ahead of verdict
Within months of the AAP being swept to power, the NDA government took the anti-corruption unit away from the city government and withdrew a 1998 concession granted by BJP patriarch LK Advani that mandated the LG to consult the elected government on every decision relating to police, public order and bureaucratic appointments. AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj shared his views on the issue ahead of the verdict.
The centre has contended that the city government could not be given absolute powers in the national capital and its decisions would need the LG’s concurrence
In all other matters, Article 239AA of the Constitution says the LG has to be guided by the aid and advice of the elected government as happens in all states.
Under the Constitution and the law, the city government does not have any control in matters of land, bureaucracy and the police.
The top court’s constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will pronounce the verdict at 10.30 am. The other judges on the bench include Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.