Arvind Kejriwal vs Najeeb Jung: AAP govt to move SC to challenge Delhi HC verdict

The AAP government on Thursday said it will challenge the high court order holding that the Lieutenant Governor is the administrative head of the National Capital Territory, as it 'undermined' the powers of the council of ministers given by the Constitution.

PTI August 04, 2016 13:26:10 IST
Arvind Kejriwal vs Najeeb Jung: AAP govt to move SC to challenge Delhi HC verdict

New Delhi: The AAP government on Thursday said it will challenge the high court order holding that the Lieutenant Governor is the administrative head of the National Capital Territory, as it "undermined" the powers of the council of ministers given by the Constitution.

"We will move the Supreme Court against the HC verdict," Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday.

The Minister alleged that the Kejriwal government has been prevented by the Centre from taking any action against corruption since it was formed.

Arvind Kejriwal vs Najeeb Jung AAP govt to move SC to challenge Delhi HC verdict

File image of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

A Delhi government spokesperson said that initial assessment of Delhi High Court verdict shows it has "undermined powers of council of ministers mentioned in the Constitution".

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha said that the high court verdict will be challenged in the Supreme Court, adding that "a democratically elected government cannot be undermined. This isn't a fight for supremacy, but democracy".

The high court on Thursday said that the L-G 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 comes after months-long turf war between L-G Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath dismissed AAP Government's plea challenging the Centre's 21 May, 2015, notification giving absolute powers to L-G in appointing bureaucrats in the national capital.

The court also quashed several notifications issued by Kejriwal after returning to power last year, saying they were illegal as they were issued without concurrence of the L-G.

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