The Delhi government today informed the Supreme Court that it would file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) against the Delhi High Court verdict on Thursday that erased all doubts over Delhi’s status as a Union Territory. Putting a break to the ongoing turf war between Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the reins of the capital, Delhi High Court on Thursday declared that the LG is the administrative head of the National Capital Territory and that the latter is not required to act on the advice of the Delhi Cabinet. Soon after the decision, Delhi government senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra said it would appeal against the Delhi HC ruling in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court was to hear today the original suit of the AAP government on June 29 which raised several questions claiming those are “federal in nature” and sought an interpretation of 239 AA. However, the apex court adjourned hearing of AAP government’s original suit of June 29. The SC will now hear AAP government’s original suit and the SLP against Delhi HC’s yesterday judgement on interpretation of 239 AA together.
Earlier on July 8, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain the Delhi government’s plea challenging the High Court’s jurisdiction in Constitutional Matters between the Centre and the states. Through its plea, the Delhi government had appealed the SC to restrain the Delhi High Court from ruling upon a number of petitions on determination of the scope of powers between the Centre and the Delhi Government.
(To be updated)