Verdict

LG has primacy over Delhi's administration: HC

INDIA-POLITICS (File) The court said it is constitutionally correct that Anti-Corruption Branch cannot initiate investigation against central government officials

In a major setback to the Arvind Kejriwal government, the Delhi High Court on Thursday said the Lt. Governor (LG) is not bound by the aid and advice of the Delhi government's council of ministers .

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 to the Lt. Governor," the bench said.

The court said it is constitutionally correct that Anti-Corruption Branch cannot initiate investigation against Union 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.

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