The bitter face-off between the Aam Aadmi Party and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung is set to resume next week. Jolted by the Delhi High Court ruling, a defiant and angry Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has now decided to move the Supreme Court in a week’s time. It has made up its mind to challenge the Delhi High Court verdict that Delhi is a Union Territory and the Lt Governor has the last word in its administration.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the Delhi government, said that the main question to be addressed by the apex court is whether Delhi can be considered a State under the Constitution.
A Supreme Court bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice N.V. Ramana said it will hear the Delhi government’s suit contending that it is a State and the advice of the council of ministers is binding on the Lt. Governor, along with its petition challenging the Delhi High Court verdict.
At the outset of the hearing of the suit, the bench told senior counsel Indira Jaising that the better course would be to challenge the Delhi High Court judgment.
As Jaising told the court, that Delhi government would file the petition in a week’s time, the bench adjourned the hearing till August 29.