The Supreme Court will finally pronounce its verdict on Wednesday (today) declaring as to who the administrative boss of the national capital is.
While hearing the case the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court had questioned the Centre’s argument that “national interest” was the guiding principle for it to intervene in day-to-day affairs of the national capital through the Lt Governor.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan will finally decide on Monday who enjoys the supremacy in governing the national capital- The LG or the Delhi Government? The bench had reserved its judgement in December last year.
The Delhi High Court in 2016 had ruled that the LG was the administrative boss of the national capital. The AAP government had later challenged the High Court decision in the top court, which began its hearing in November last year.
A galaxy of senior lawyers namely P. Chidambaram and Indira Jaising had represented the Kejriwal government in the Supreme Court, while the Centre was represented by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh.
In one of its observations, the bench had said that it would only lay down the principles on the status of the national capital under the Constitution and not deal with the issues arising out of individual notifications issued by the Delhi government on matters like mohalla clinics and regularisation of guest teachers.
The rift has between the elected government and the LG had caused a constitutional crisis recently after Kejriwal and three of his cabinet colleagues staged a nine-day sit-in protest at Anil Baijal’s residence-cum-office. At least four chief ministers from across India had thrown their support behind Kejriwal. The Supreme Court was widely criticised for delaying its judgement, thereby contributing to the administrative chaos in the capital.
AAP says since it won a decisive mandate in 2015 by winning 67 out of 70 seats, it had the rights to take administrative decisions in favour of citizens, but the LG has been allegedly blocking most of the elected government’s key policy decisions.