Delhi Govt should have some powers, says SC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government should have some powers otherwise it cannot function, the Supreme Court today observed while listing for final disposal the appeal of the AAP Government against the high court verdict which had held that the LG was the administrative head of national capital.

The “elected Government in Delhi should have some powers otherwise it cannot function. The matter needs to be decided fast”, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and A M Sapre said.

The bench listed the matter for final disposal on January 18 and said since it will hear the matter in detail, no interim orders will be passed on various interim applications as of now.

Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government, said that they are challenging the order of the high court which has ruled that the Lieutenant Governor (LG) was the administrative head and whose prior consent is needed in all administrative decisions.

He said that the high court has held that the aid and advice of council of ministers are not binding upon the LG.

“The elected Government in Delhi cannot appoint the chief secretary or cannot even appoint a class IV officer by itself,” Subramaniam said, noting that under the constitutional scheme of things the council of ministers is required to give aid and advice to the LG. (AGENCIES)

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