SC declines to stay HC order on primacy of Lt. Guv in Delhi affairs

The court fixed November 15, 2016, for the final hearing of the petitions
Kejriwal, Najeeb Jung

The Supreme Court of India refused on Friday to stay a Delhi High Court judgment confirming the primacy of Lt Governor in the affairs of India’s National Capital Territory (CT) of Delhi.

However, it sought the Central government response to a batch of petitions by the Delhi government challenging the August 4 ruling of the High Court which categorically made it clear that the Lt. Governor is the administrative head.

A bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Justice N.V. Ramana issued notices to the Union Government and gave six weeks time to file its response and gave the Delhi government two weeks thereafter to file its rejoinder to the reply.

Senior counsel K.K. Venugopal led the arguments for the Delhi government and suggested that the matter “may be referred to a Constitution Bench”. At this, the division bench said it “will consider” referring the entire issue to Constitution Bench.

The court fixed November 15, 2016, for the final hearing of the petitions.

Ever since the Delhi assembly was constituted, this has been a contentious issue with various political parties calling for full statehood to Delhi but nothing has been done either by the Congress-led UPA government since 1993 nor by the current BJP-led NDA government.