The Delhi High Court quashed AAP Government's plea challenging the Centre's May 21, 2015, notification that have absolute powers to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) in appointing bureaucrats in the national capital.
The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld Article 230 of the Constitution stating that the Lieutenant Governor remains the administrative head of the National Capital Territory, concluding the legal tussle between Delhi's AAP government and Lt governor Mr. Najeeb Jung. Announcing its verdict, the court said, “AAP government's contention that LG is bound to act on advice of Council of Ministers is without any substance and cannot be accepted".
The decision is being seen as a major setback to Arvind Kejriwal, who has been in a tussle with the Central Government over control of administrative issues and distribution of power in the Delhi. Reacting to the Delhi High Court's verdict that upheld Lieutenant Governor's administrative powers in governing Delhi, Najeeb Jung has called the judgement ‘historic’. Meanwhile, AAP government's counsel in High Court said that they will immediately appeal against the verdict.
The ruling is being seen as a major setback for the AAP government who has time and again been in loggerheads with the Centre over who wields more power in the National Capital Territory.