The Supreme Court, today is going to decide who, among, Arvind Kejriwal or Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal is going to hold power over Delhi today. The bench is headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and also included, Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. AAP had filed a petition in the court, claiming that a government, which is elected by the public can’t survive without any powers and the constitution can’t provide all the authority to the Lieutenant Governor. It had also mentioned that an independent government can’t work under the L-G, which could have a power to override its decisions. The last hearing for the case took place last year, on December 6, when the court reserved judgement on the plea of the Chief Minister, against the high court’s decision to grant the L-G sole administration of the city.
The Centre, has, countered Delhi government’s claims, and said that it can’t have the sole authority over decision making for problems that are related to the capital of the nation. The power rests with L-G, that it can overrule decisions made by the government, and AAP has complained in its petition that Anil has abused such powers to throw a wrench in the decisions made by the Cabinet.
As the supreme court gave its decision, that the powers rests with the government of Delhi itself. The L-G does not, and can’t make independent decisions regarding matters that concern the governance. He also can’t obstruct the decisions that the Delhi government makes. The Supreme court, in its decision said, “The states should enjoy freedom without unsolicited interference from the centre…popular will cannot be allowed to lose its purpose.” Arvind Kejriwal has also acknowledged that this is a real victory for him, the party, and the people of Delhi.