The Supreme Court on Thursday observed that the Delhi government needs a nod from the Lieutenant Governor (LG) to get its tasks done.
The court however also pulled the office of LG saying the administrative cannot sit on a pile of files beyond a reasonable period.
In a petition, the AAP government had challenged a court’s decision, which cited that the governor was the final authority in governing the national capital. The petitioners had argued that an elected government cannot be without any power in the state.
However, the SC added that the Delhi government needs LG’s nod to govern the national capital. CJI Dipak Misra remarked: “Land, police and public order isn’t under you.”
The bench comprises of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. Senior Advocate Gopal Subramanium is now arguing for the Delhi Government. After hearing the matter for more than five months, a two-judge bench of the apex court had on February 25 referred to a constitution bench all the petitions.