Kejriwal Centre Tug-of-War
In a big blow to the Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi, the Supreme Court has stayed the Delhi High Court’s observations on Delhi Government’s notification which said that the Lieutenant Governor has no power in posting and transfer of bureaucrats. The Supreme Court further observed that the High Court observations will not have any bearing on the case filed by the Delhi government challenging the Home Ministry notification.
A bench of Justices AK Sikri and UU Lalit of the Apex Court while, refusing to stay Delhi HC order allowing Anti- Corruption Bureau of Delhi to take action against officials in corruption cases, clarified that observation made by the High Court on Ministry of Home Affairs notification of May 21 was tentative in nature and it would not be binding.
However, the Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government to reply within three weeks. The court also said that dispute arising out of power tussle between Delhi Government and Centre should be decided by the Supreme Court and asked the AAP government to take a decision whether it wants the case to be decided in Supreme Court or Delhi High Court.