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Delhi HC backs LG, turns down plea challenging Jung’s authority

Delhi High Court has said that LG Najeeb Jung will deliberate on the proposal given by the Delhi government. Delhi High Court has turned down plea challenging constitutional authorities of Delhi Lieutenant Governor.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has denied that the Centre was trying to run the Delhi government through the office of the LG. “We are not interfering with the Delhi government’s work but Constitution needs to be followed,” Singh said.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and L-G Najeeb Jung have been locked in a bitter fight on the issue.

The High Court said that L-G will deliberate on the proposal given by the Delhi government. The court declined the request of the petitioner to change the constitutional primacy of the L-G.

Meanwhile, a notice has been given to the Centre on Delhi government’s plea. The court also wants to know how bureaucrats are posted or transferred in other Union Territories and sought data in this regard.

The order effectively means that any transfer or appointment done by the Kejriwal government will remain null and void unless it is approved by the Lt Governor.

All the observations were made during a hearing on the AAP government’s appeal challenging the Home Ministry’s notification. The AAP government argued that the Home Ministry’s notification had no legal authority. The AAP government referred to several sections in the Constitution to claim that the Lt Governor must act on the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his Cabinet.

The AAP government also convened a two-day special Assembly session on May 26 to pass a resolution against the notification issued by Home Ministry, which called the Lt Governor’s powers absolute and gave him supremacy over the elected government in the national capital.

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