Delhi govt vs L-G Supreme Court verdict: ACB under Centre, rules SC, refers issue of appointments to larger bench

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Updated:Feb 14, 2019 4:24:53 pm

LG vs AAP Supreme Court Verdict: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Supreme Court judgment is unfortunate, against the people of Delhi and Constitution.

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Arvind Kejriwal vs LG Supreme Court Verdict: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday used the Supreme Court’s latest order on tussle between AAP government L-G to ask people to vote for AAP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Addressing the media here after the top court ruled in favour of L-G in four issues out of six, Kejriwal questioned how will the government will function it has no power to transfer its officers and act against corruption.

“I appeal to the people to give us all 7 Lok Seats in the upcoming elections. We will ensure that whichever government is in power is forced to grant Delhi full statehood,” he said.

Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court referred the issue of control of Services, including the transfer and postings of IAS officers in Delhi, to a larger bench. In a split verdict, the two-judge bench had a difference of opinion on the issue of Services. While Justice AK Sikri said that the right to transfer and postings of officers above the rank of Joint Secretary should rest with the Centre, Justice Bhushan said that Services are completely outside the purview of the Delhi government.

On all other issues, the judgment was unanimous. The Supreme Court ruled that the control of anti-corruption branch (ACB) will rest with the Central government. The matter had been a bone of contention between the Centre and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The top court further said that the Delhi government cannot set up a commission of inquiry. On land, the court said that matter comes under the purview of the Delhi government but Lieutenant Governor can refer the matter to President.

The Supreme Court delivered its verdict while hearing a batch of petitions challenging various notifications issued by Delhi government and Centre including on control of services and functioning of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB). The judgment was reserved by the court on November 1 last year.

During the course of hearings, the Centre had argued that Lieutenant Governor is the administrator of Delhi as it is a Union territory. It said that the L-G has the power to regulate services and need not consult Chief Minister and Council of Ministers. However, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government told the top court that it wants to know its stand with regard to the administration in view of July 4 order of the Constitution bench that held that Delhi can’t be accorded status of a state and observed that the L-G has no independent decision-making power and has to act in consultation with CM and Council of Ministers.

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Terming the Supreme Court verdict in the matter related to the distribution of powers between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that grant of full statehood to Delhi was the only solution to the impasse. The verdict referring the contentious matter of powers over transfer and posting of IAS officers to a larger bench was a setback for the Kejriwal government. 'The matter now rests with the people of Delhi. If elected governments in UP, MP and all other states have all the powers, why not Delhi? How will the government act against corruption when getting files cleared by the L-G requires a 10-day dharna by the top ministers? I appeal to the people to give us all 7 Lok Seats in the upcoming elections. We will ensure that whichever government is in power is forced to grant Delhi full statehood.'

13:14 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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Arvind Kejriwal noted that the Supreme Court ruled in favour of L-G in four out of six issues. He said that if government can't transfer its officers, how it is supposed to function? "The party that has 67 seats doesn't have the rights but the party who won 3 seats has those rights," he said.

13:07 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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12:40 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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On the issue of control of Services, Justice AK Sikri said that the right to transfer and postings of officers above the rank of Joint Secretary should rest with the Centre while those for grades below Joint Secy should be under the purview of Delhi government. Striking a different note, Justice Bhushan said that Services are completely outside the purview of the Delhi government.

12:29 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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12:08 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said it was unfortunate that there was no clarity in the Supreme Court judgement that delivered a split verdict on who controls services in the National Capital Territory. People of Delhi will continue to suffer, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj told reporters after the Supreme Court referred the issue of clarity on division of powers between the Delhi government and the Centre to a larger bench.

11:32 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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11:27 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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11:24 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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11:23 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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11:02 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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10:57 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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10:56 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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10:51 (IST)14 Feb 2019
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