MHA Might Approach SC over Delhi HC Ruling Over L-G Jung’s Powers

Home Ministry might argue that the Delhi High Court observation came without hearing its views. 

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Assembly. (Photo: PTI)

The Union Home Ministry is likely to challenge Delhi High Court’s ruling on Centre’s recent notification barring Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) from acting against central government officers.

There is a possibility of the Ministry approaching the Supreme Court on Thursday, a senior official said. Its argument will be that the High Court passed the judgement and made observations without hearing the Centre’s view.

Sequence of Events

– Delhi HC was hearing a case of a constable who was held by Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Branch and reserved its order for May 20.

– Union Home Ministry issues a gazette notification on May 21 stating that the ACB shall not take cognisance of offences against officials, employees and functionaries of the central government services.

– Union Home Ministry also gives Lt Governor Najeeb Jung absolute powers on transfers and postings of senior officers.

– On May 25, Delhi High Court terms the Centre’s notification as “suspect” and says that the Lt Governor cannot act on his discretion.

– HC observes that the mandate of the people “must” be respected by the Lt Governor if there was no other “constitutional or legal fetter”.

(With inputs from PTI)

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