Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has got Congress leader P Chidambaram on board in its petition against High Court’s ruling that the Lieutenant Governor is the administrative head of Delhi. The petition has been filed in the Supreme Court. Chidambaram is one the nine lawyers who will present the case before a five-judge bench, as per a report by NDTV. Chidambaram believes that the Constitution does not make the Lt Governor the boss rather than the Delhi government. “I don’t think the Constitution makes the Lieutenant Governor supreme and the Government of National Council Territory of Delhi a toothless body,” he said while confirming that he is one of the lawyers in the case. A spokesperson when asked if Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s political attacks on Chidambaram will make things awkward, he said Chidambaram is knowledgeable in the Delhi government clash with Union of India and called him a true professional.
Earlier, when Arvind Kejriwal was an anti-corruption activist and the UPA government was in power, he kept attacking the Centre over corruption. Allegations were also made against Chidambaram, who was then a Cabinet minister. Congress leaders have mocked the Delhi CM for having to seek Chidambaram’s help. Congress leader Sharmishtha Mukherjee took to Twitter and said,”After calling Mr.Chidambaram most corrupt & anti-people, shameless AAP wants 2 avail his services! Did @ArvindKejriwal go 2 brief him?”
However senior advocate of the Supreme Court Indira Jaising called the decision as healthy. She said,”It is very healthy that he is appearing and it isn’t the first time.” Notably, it is Indira Jaising who had earlier advised the Kejriwal government about constitutional matters, as per NDTV report. The Supreme Court began hearing the petitions on Thursday. Jaisingh too is one of the top lawyers appearing for the Delhi government. The others include Gopal Subaramaniam and Rajeev Dhawan. Subramanian appeared in the case Thursday while Chidambaram is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, the next date of hearing.