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Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on AAP-Centre tussle over Delhi’s admistrative control

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Wednesday will be delivering its verdict in the case involving the Aam Aadmi Part led Delhi Government and the Centre regarding the administrative control over Delhi.

Earlier the Apex court reserved its judgment on the plea of the AAP government challenging the Delhi High Court’s decision, which stated that Delhi is a Union Territory and the Lieutenant Governor, its administrative head.

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan in November 2017 observed that the AAP government in Delhi needs the Lieutenant Governor’s nod to govern the national capital, but the LG cannot sit on files beyond a reasonable period.

The Centre in its statement told the apex court that the AAP cannot claim privileges of a state government, as Delhi is a Union Territory. It further refuted allegations of the Arvind Kejriwal-led government that the Lieutenant Governor sat on files sent by the government for their execution.

The formation of Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi led to the power tussle between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor.

Last month CM Kejriwal, along with Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other, sat on a nine-day sit-in strike at Raj Niwas, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office-cum-residence. Kejriwal cabinet urged Baijal to direct the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers working under the Delhi administration to end their “undeclared strike.”

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