Supreme Court to hear Centre’s appeal against HC order on Friday

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Supreme Court will hear the central plea against HC order on the ongoing row between the Delhi CM and Najeeb Jung`

The Delhi High Court on May 25 had said that the Lt Governor must act according to the ‘aid and advice of the council of ministers’ and that ‘mandate of the people must be respected by the Lt Governor in respect of matters which fall within the domain of the Legislative assembly.’

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Commentators saw this order as a huge setback to the BJP-led central government, which AAP accuses of interfering in their ability to run Delhi government.

The Centre on Wednesday decided to move to Supreme Court against this order. The matter was expected to come up for hearing this morning, but the top court said it will hear the case on Friday.

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The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and LG Najeeb Jung have been embroiled in a showdown over each other’s powers in running the Delhi administration. Kejriwal, who led his party to historic win in February’s assembly election winning 67 out of 70 seats, says that ‘elected members must have more power to run Delhi than an ‘unelected’ LG.

The BJP, for its part says that Delhi is not a full-fledged state and, therefore, the elected government can’t take decision without his approval.

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Meanwhile, Jung has reportedly met the Union Cabinet Secretary over Kejriwal’s decision to call for an emergency session of Delhi assembly to discuss the home ministry notification giving sweeping powers to LG.

The session, which concluded yesterday, unanimously passed a resolution condemning the notification.

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