Supreme Court Shows Who's The Boss: Victory For Delhi's People?

PUBLISHED ON: July 4, 2018 | Duration: 51 min, 16 sec

   
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Real power must lie with an elected government in a democracy and the Lieutenant Governor is bound by the advice of the Cabinet and has not been entrusted with independent decision making power. With those words, the Supreme Court today made it clear, who is the boss of Delhi. The national capital has watched in horror as a bitter power struggle between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor's office AKA the centre has virtually paralysed governance. We had the unprecedented sight just last month, of the chief minister parked for nine days in the Lt Governor's waiting room, just to get a meeting with him. For the AAP and Arvind Kejriwal, this is a huge legal and political victory, but there are some words of caution from the top court as well - the order today is even more significant, because in 2016, the Delhi High Court had actually said exactly the opposite. It had said Lieutenant Governor is the "administrative head" of the national capital and that the AAP Government's contention that he is bound to act on the advice of Council of Ministers was "without substance". Today, the Supreme Court has completely overturned that.
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