Supreme Court to hear Delhi government’s petition challenging LG’s authority

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Supreme Court will hear on Friday the appeal filed by Delhi government challenging the verdict of the High Court, which pronounced that the Lieutenant Governor was the administrative boss in the national capital.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s lawyer requested the apex court to hear the case urgently because senior bureaucrats were now reporting to the Lieutenant Governor instead of the Delhi government.

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Delhi government on 2 September had informed Supreme Court that they filed six different petitions challenging the Delhi High Court order and withdrew its civil suit on declaring the national capital as a full State. A bench of justices A K Sikri and B Y Chandrachur, while allowing the AAP government to withdraw the civil suit, gave the liberty to raise the issues raised in it in the Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) it has filed.

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The apex court had last month asked the AAP government whether it would file an appeal against the High Court order holding Delhi as a Union Territory with Lt Governor as its administrative head and, if yes, by when.

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Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the Delhi government, said that as per the observation made by the bench in the last hearing of the case, they wished to withdraw the civil suit as six different SLPs challenging the Delhi High Court order have been filed.

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