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LG has primacy over Delhi administration: HC

AAP Government had argued that in a democratic set up there cannot be two reporting authorities

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 4 2016 11:40AM | Updated Date: Aug 4 2016 2:27PM

LG has primacy over Delhi administration: HC

The Delhi High Court dismissed a petition filed by the AAP government challenging the powers of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) in the National Capital Territory. HC said on Thursday, “The Lieutenant Governor is the administrative head of the National Capital Territory”.

 

Adding more to their judgment, HC said, "AAP government's contention that the LG is bound to act on advice of the council of ministers is without any substance and cannot be accepted".

 

The AAP government on May 28 2015 had moved to the High Court, a day after the Centre had approached the Supreme Court challenging an order of the High Court which had termed as "suspect".

 

The Union Home Ministry's notification barring the city government's ACB from acting against its officers in criminal offences.

 

The Delhi government had argued that in a democratic set up there cannot be two reporting authorities — the LG and the chief minister.

 

Total nine petitions, arising out of the spat between the LG and the Delhi government, were heard together by the bench headed by the Chief Justice, which concluded hearing arguments in May this year.