Business Standard

SC reserves verdict on dispute over Delhi government powers

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme on Wednesday reserved its verdict on the issue of who -- whether the Centre or the -- has the powers to administer the national capital.

A Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra heard for 15 days the government's plea against a High verdict that held the primacy of the Lt Governor over an elected to administer the national capital.

The bench also comprises Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan.

The contended that it has the executive powers as per which it can aid and advise the Lt Governor on all matters.

The government, in the course of the hearing, contended that an elected can't be subservient to the overriding authority of the Lt Governor.

The Aam Aadmi Party 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 -- to the President of India.

The state said constitutional provisions can be interpreted only to advance the goals of the Constitution and people's democratic aspirations.

On the other hand, the Centre contended that all executive powers to administer were vested in the Union which acted through the Lt Governor.

The Centre told the that the "aid and advice" by the elected was not binding on the Lt Governor, as was the case in other States.

As the Centre insisted that the Lt Governor has the power to decide on the correctness or otherwise of decisions, the apex observed that he should show "constitutional statesmanship" in dealing with an elected



(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 21:18 IST