Services matter still pending with SC; no final view: MHA

NEW DELHI: The Centre tonight asserted that it will be against the law to take a final view on the matter related to services as it is still pending before the Supreme Court, after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the Union Government and the Lt Governor were refusing to obey the apex court order on it.

In a statement, the Home Ministry also denied that it had given advise to the LG to the ignore the Supreme Court order on powers related to Delhi Government. It said the suggestion that it has advised the LG to not follow the Supreme Court order was “misleading”.

The Ministry’s reaction came after Kejriwal claimed that Lt Governor Anil Baijal had refused to give control of the services department to the city Government despite the Apex Court order earlier this week. He claimed that Baijal had sought advice from the Ministry of Home Affairs and was told that services should not be given to the Delhi Government.

“The MHA has not advised the LG to ignore any part of the SC order. This is a misleading statement,” the Union Home Ministry said, adding it has only advised the LG, based on a reference received from him, to follow the law. (AGENCIES)