The Supreme Court on Thursday handed a verdict over the power sharing tangle between the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) that went against Kejriwal, resting the chunk of the authority in the hands of L-G.
The Supreme Court two-judge bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan verdicted on the Centre be given the power to take calls on Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), while the judges have differed on the administration over services.
The Delhi Chief Minister has termed this order by the SC as “unconstitutional” and “undemocratic”.
Even after the landslide victory by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2015 state assembly elections, the Delhi CM rued to the fact that, “If a government can’t even transfer its officers, how is it supposed to function? The party that has 67 seats doesn’t have the rights but the party that won 3 seats has those rights.”
Disagreeing with the verdict, Kejriwal said, “What sort of democracy is this? Why is Delhi government not powerful? How can the opposition run the Anti-Corruption Branch? How can the government function without power?”
Justice A K Sikri also shared his opinion of authority being given to Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal for transfer of high ranking officers of Joint Secretary and above.
The SC in its decision gave Stamp Act, Electricity Board and Public Prosecutor to the Delhi government.
Referring to the nine-day long protest in July 2018, the Delhi CM said, “Why does the chief minister and the duly elected government of Delhi have to sit on a nine-day dharna outside the LG’s home to get files cleared?”
Keriwal urged the people of Delhi to vote him back in the upcoming 2019 polls, and said, “will ensure full statehood for Delhi and change the rules.”
The Delhi CM said, “This is injustice to the people of Delhi.” This case has been referred to a larger bench of Supreme Court justices.