New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi Government is in mood to stretch the issue of power tussle in between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi Government of AAP on Thursday moved to the High Court of Delhi to challenge the recent notification of Centre giving the Lieutenant Governor absolute powers in appointing bureaucrats in the national capital.
The petition was mentioned before a bench of justices B.D. Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva, saying, “The Delhi government has decided to move against the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA’s) May 21 notification.”
It also said, “As per the notification, the LG would have jurisdiction over matters connected with services, public orders, police and land, and… services of bureaucrats…allowing him discretionary powers to seek the opinion of the CM.”
The standing counsel of Delhi Government Raman Duggal had mentioned the petition a day after the Centre moved the Supreme Court challenging an order of the Delhi HC which termed as “suspect” MHA’s recent notification barring the city government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) from acting against its officers in criminal offences.
The HC had also held that the LG can’t act in his discretion.
Duggal also said that he has challenged all notifications issued by the Centre in the past. The bench has listed the matter for hearing on Friday.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi Government had also challenged the appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary by the LG.
Meanwhile, Delhi LG Najeeb Jung met Union Home Secretary L.C. Goyal on Thursday.