SC Refuses to Stay HC Order on LG’s Power; AAP Says Not a Setback

The Delhi HC had dismissed two petitions challenging the notifications issued by the Centre on the powers of LG.

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Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung (left) and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (right). 

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre on six appeals of the Delhi government, challenging the High Court verdict that held that the Lieutenant Governor (LG) is the administrative head of the national capital.

The Supreme Court refused, for now, to stay the HC verdict, and LG’s direction to set up a panel to examine the Aam Aadmi Party’s past decisions.

The Supreme Court has granted the Centre six weeks to file replies and fix them for the final hearing on 15 November.

The Aam Aadmi Party put up a brave face after the Supreme Court today refused to stay the 4 August verdict of the Delhi High Court on the LG’s powers, saying it should not be treated as a “setback” and the party has full faith on the judiciary.

Terming it as a setback would be wrong as Supreme Court has listed the matter for further hearing and also said that it may consider sending the petitions to a larger bench. The party has full faith on the judicial proceedings.
Dilip Pandey, AAP Delhi Convenor

The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed two petitions challenging the notifications issued by the Centre on the LG’s powers in appointing bureaucrats in the national capital, as well as the jurisdiction of the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar referred to the 4 August judgement passed by a division bench of the High Court, and said these issues had already been dealt with in the verdict.

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