In a major setback for Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi High Court on Thursday ruled that Lt. Governor is the administrative head of the National Capital Territory and is not bound by the aid and advice of the Delhi Government’s council of ministers.
The AAP government’s counsel will reportedly file an appeal at the Supreme Court against the High Court’s order immediately.
A division bench of Chief Justice G.Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath ruled that Delhi Government notifications must be issued after consulting the LG.
“Policy direction can’t be issued without communicating the same to the Lt. Governor,” the bench said.
The court said that it is constitutionally correct that Anti-Corruption Branch cannot initiate investigation against central government officials.
The court’s judgement came on nine different petitions arising out of the spat between the LG and Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government over the power to appoint bureaucrats in the national capital and other issues.