Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, have embarked on yet another collision course even as the the High Court’s decision giving administrative powers to the latter is now being challenged in the Supreme Court.
Three days after the Delhi High Court held that Lt Governor was the administrative head of the national capital, Najeeb Jung today directed the heads of all departments to “review” orders and “identify” files for which his approval was required but not taken by the AAP government.
“The secretaries, principal secretaries and heads of all the departments, autonomous bodies, boards, corporations and institutions concerned should immediately review all such orders and identify by August 17 those cases where prior approval of the LG was required but not taken,” Secretary to LG Vijay Kumar said in an order.
“All such cases may immediately be placed with appropriate proposal before the LG through proper channel and with the opinion of the Law department, wherever required,” the order said.
“It is also directed that no order in the future be issued without approval of the competent authority,” it said.
The HC had on August 4 held that LG is the administrative head of National Capital Territory and the AAP government’s contention that he is bound to act on the advice of Council of Ministers was “without substance.
The decision had come after months-long turf war between the LG and Kejriwal for the reins of Delhi.
The AAP government had later said it will move the Supreme Court against order.
Last week, Jung had said an elected government doesn’t mean “rulers”.