The Aam Aadmi Party government got down to business right after their huge victory in the Supreme Court and directed officials to expedite projects like installation of CCTV cameras and doorstep delivery of ration. One of the first orders that Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia signed sought to restore the powers of the ministers to transfer officials. But within hours, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was told that his order cannot be implemented, sources said. Sources told NDTV that the services department has told Manish Sisodia that there was nothing in the Supreme Court verdict that cancelled the August 2016 order issued on the Lieutenant Governor's instructions.
The rejoinder came as a huge setback to the Kejriwal government that had been celebrating Supreme Court order that Delhi's Lt Governor was constitutionally bound by the "aid and advice" of the elected government.
Here are highlights:
Response of Aam Aadmi Party to Mr Arun Jaitely for his recent interpretation of Hon'ble SC Judgement. pic.twitter.com/zoNpmlD5BR- Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) July 5, 2018
Page 3 of AAP response to Mr Jaitely pic.twitter.com/W1zvF4o1Xo- Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) July 5, 2018
Have directed again Secretary Services to issue the orders as directed yesterday. Informed the officer that non compliance would lead to contempt of SC and the officer shall face disciplinary proceedings.- Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) July 5, 2018
The MHA notification might not have been quashed by constitutional bench but it will be done by DB.- AAP (@AamAadmiParty) July 5, 2018
That'e merely a formality.
In the light of the above judgement, can LG still exercise executive powers over services? If he does that, he will clearly be in contempt of SC.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia got down to business right after the Aam Aadmi Party government's huge victory in the Supreme Court on Wednesday."
SC has clearly said that centre has executive powers ONLY on three subjects and no other subject. Council of Ministers (COM) has executive powers on all other subjects.- AAP (@AamAadmiParty) July 5, 2018
There is absolutely no ambiguity in this. So, obviously executive power over services lies with COM.