AAP vs Lt. Governor live updates: Supreme Court bench split on whether Delhi govt has powers over servicesIn July 2018, the Supreme Court had given its verdict that Delhi cannot be accorded the status of a state and clipped the powers of the Lt. Governor.
The Supreme Court is likely to adjudicate its verdict on Thursday to settle the scuffle between Arvind Kejriwal led-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi and Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal.
The verdict is on a batch of petitions challenging the control of services across Delhi and power of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Earlier, an SC bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan had on November 1, 2018, reserved the verdict.
The Centre had earlier told the apex court that Lt. Governor Baijal has the power to regulate services in Delhi. It added that powers are delegated to the administrator of Delhi (Delhi LG).
However, the AAP government is not in accordance with the Centre over the issue.
In July 2018, the Supreme Court had given its verdict that Delhi cannot be accorded the status of a state and clipped the powers of the LG. However, the issue of control over services remained as a disagreement between the Delhi government and the LG.
SC judgment is against Constitution and democracy: Kejriwal
"The judgement is against the Constitution and democracy. The key is in the hands of the people of Delhi. We will see what legal route we can take. We have relentlessly fought with the LG and bureaucrats to ensure that files are cleared. How will Delhi function like this? If we have to sit on a dharna for getting files cleared, then how do we run Delhi?", asked Arvind Kejriwal
"The elected government should have full powers. I want to appeal to the power of Delhi to give all the seven seats to AAP. We will force them to grant full statehood to Delhi", he added