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A Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra heard for 15 days the Delhi government's plea against a Delhi High Court verdict that held the primacy of the Delhi Lt Governor over an elected government to administer the national capital.
The bench also comprises Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan.
The Aam Aadmi Party government said it was only in an emergency situation that the Lt Governor can refer a matter -- on which there are differences of opinion between him and the elected government -- to the President of India.
The state government said constitutional provisions can be interpreted only to advance the goals of the Constitution and people's democratic aspirations.
As the Centre insisted that the Lt Governor has the power to decide on the correctness or otherwise of Delhi government decisions, the apex court observed that he should show "constitutional statesmanship" in dealing with an elected government.
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