New Delhi, Aug 4: The Delhi High Court on Thursday ruled that the capital as a union territory is mainly charge of the Lieutenant Governor (LG). The LG is a representative of the Centre in Delhi. This verdict of the Delhi High Court comes as a major set back for the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal.
The Court also stated that the LG is the administrative head of the Capital and he is not bound by the advise of the elected government in Delhi. The High Court also held that since Delhi is a union territory, it would mean that the government has no control over important departments such as law and order and also the Delhi Development Authority.
The Delhi council of ministers cannot take a decision without referring to the lieutenant governor first, the High Court also ruled.
The court delivered this verdict on a plea that challenged two central government notifications in which the LG, Najeeb Jung was given absolute power to appoint bureaucrats and also restricted the scope of the city's anti-corruption bureau.
The order is seen as a major set back for Kejriwal who is in a turf war with the LG. The Delhi CM has accused the LG of acting at the behest of the Centre. He said that the LG bypasses the elected government.