Describing prolonged CentreArvind Kejriwal turf war over who controls Delhi as an “extraordinary matter”, the Supreme Court agreed to lay down the law on whether the Lieutenant Governor (LG) can unilaterally administer the National Capital without being bound by the “aid and advice” of the elected government.
The HC had upheld the LG’s power not only over the police, land and public order but also in “services”.
The Bench however, refused to stay the HC judgment, despite submissions that the verdict “affects all future governments and all future relationships between the Centre and the State”.
The Kejriwal government dismissed Delhi’s LG as “unqualified” to administer the National Capital, a mere “employee of the Centre” and the latter half of a “master-servant relationship”.
After the HC verdict, the LG had directed the withdrawal of all Delhi governmentappointed panel of advocates and senior advocates, thus handicapping its legal representation in courts.
A nine-judge Bench of the apex court had in 1996 in the NDMC versus State of Punjab case, recognised Delhi as a Union Territory for taxation purposes.