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HC to hear on Monday plea against CM Kejriwal's strike

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today agreed to hear on June 18 a plea seeking to declare the sit-in by and his cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal.

The petition was mentioned before Justice C who said that it be listed for hearing on Monday.

The plea filed by petitioner sought direction for discharging the chief ministerial obligations and responsibilities as the entire functioning of the office of National Capital Territory (NCT) of has been brought to a "stand still" since the sit-in started.

The petition, filed through advocates and Shashi Bhushan, sought court's direction to the government to declare the sit-in called by the and his cabinet colleagues as un-constitutional and illegal.

"In the alternative, to issue comprehensive guidelines for legislative members not to indulge into acts of constitutional crisis including the strike for bargaining in the interest of justice," the plea said.

Kejriwal and his ministers have been staging a sit-in at LG Anil Baijal's office since June 11 evening to press for their demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their "strike" and act against against those who have struck work.

Kejriwal's deputy and are on an indefinite hunger strike to press for their demands.

The plea submitted that taxpayer's money was being wasted for the constitutional bargain by the from the

"It is settled position of law that LG has special power in respect of the NCT of Delhi. Notwithstanding, the Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi is flouting the of the country despite having taken an oath under the constitution of It is equally settled law that the person who had taken the oath under the Constitution, is enjoined to follow the constitutional postulates and mandates.

"However, the chief minister of NCT of Delhi is not holding administrative works, which are the cardinal function of the chief minister to govern the state under the rule of law," the plea claimed.

It added that the sit-in was stoppage of all public works for the purpose of acceptance of demands by the strikers and there was no statutory or legal provision empowering the to go on the sit-in.

The plea has arrayed as parties through through NCT of Delhi.

In the morning, a team of doctors conducted a health check up of Sisodia and Jain at the LG office, who are on an indefinite hunger strike to press for their demands.

They also want the LG to approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of ration.

Kejriwal has said they will not leave the LG office until their demands are met. The has threatened to stage a "dharna" at on Sunday if a solution to the issue was not found this week.

According to the government, officers have not been attending meetings with the ministers and not picking up their calls due to which government work for people was suffering.

However, IAS officers' association has claimed that no has been on strike and no work has been affected.

The L-G's office recently slammed Kejriwal's sit-in, saying it was one more "dharna without reason".

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 15:45 IST