Relief for AAP: Supreme Court says Delhi lieutenant Governor can’t act independently
The Aam Aadmi Party government has succeeded in the controversy between the Lt. Governor and the Delhi government which is running over the past three years.
The Supreme Court, five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra investigating the case, gave ruling on Monday that ultimate power lies with the government elected by the people. And stated limitations to the Lieutenant Governor.
The court pointed out that Lieutenant governor should work together with the government. CJI Deepak Mishra read the verdicts in this regard.
“Everybody is responsible for the constitution. There should be a healthy environment between central and state relations. The lieutenant governor should work in accordance with state government. To be fair with the government. The government should also inform Cabinet decisions on the Lt Governor. However, LGs do not have to interfere in all of the subjects. Lt. governor should not act mechanically. The decisions of the Council of Ministers should not be prevented. LG has no independent powers. If some controversy arises, it can be taken to the attention of the President of the state, “Justice Mishra said in his ruling. Mishra Supported the earlier judgment of Delhi High Court that not to give State status for Delhi. Lt. governor should know that Union Ministers are accountable to the people.
The Aam Aadmi Party Government came to power in Delhi in 2015. But a few days later, an official dispute came with LG Najib Jung. The controversy erupted further due to the LT Governor involvement in government officials’ appointments and transfers. This controversy continues with Anil Baijal, who later appointed as Delhi LG. The Kejriwal government has approached the Supreme Court. A bench headed by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, gave the ruling on this issue today.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia after SC verdict expressed his happiness. He said, “Its a landmark judgement by Supreme Court. Now Delhi Govt will not have to send their files to LG for approval, now work will not be stalled. I thank the SC, its a big win for democracy.
Delhi Former Chief Minister Shiela Deekshith tweeted her view on courts verdict.
I think what SC has said is very clear. As per Article 239 (AA) of the Constitution, Delhi is not a state,it is a UT.If Delhi Govt&LG don't work together then Delhi will face problems. Congress ruled Delhi for 15 years, no conflict took place then: Sheila Dikshit, Former Delhi CM pic.twitter.com/UhRLmovOKN
— ANI (@ANI) July 4, 2018
A big victory for the people of Delhi…a big victory for democracy…
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 4, 2018