SC verdict injustice to Delhi people: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday expressed his disappointment at the Supreme Court’s split verdict that largely favoured Lieutenant Governor on key issues which were at the heart of the power struggle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the Centre. Kejriwal said that he will seek legal remedies.

Addressing a press conference after the apex court order, he alleged that the BJP-led central government is creating hurdles in the functioning of the AAP dispensation.

“The judgment is against constitution and democracy. We will seek legal remedies,” Kejriwal said, adding it was “injustice to the people” of Delhi.

CM Kejriwal said that the verdict was “an injustice to the people of Delhi” and government cannot function if it cannot even transfer its officers.

“If a government can’t even transfer its officers, how is it supposed to function? The party that has 67 seats doesn’t have the rights but the party who won 3 seats has those rights. We cannot even transfer a security guard in our own government today. This is an injustice to Delhi people,” said the Delhi CM.

Making a political statement, Kejriwal said that in such a scenario the only solution lies with the people of Delhi whom he urged to vote for the AAP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“In the election, people of Delhi should come out and vote for the AAP on all seven seats, that is the only way,” he said.

In a huge setback for the AAP government in Delhi on Thursday, a two-judge bench of the apex court comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, favoured the LG in four out of six issues it gave a judgement on. The SC in its verdict said that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) comes under the control of the Centre and not the Delhi government.

In its verdict, the SC said that the electricity department, revenue department, posting & transfer of grade 3 & grade 4 officers will come under Delhi government but in case of a difference of opinion, LG’s view will prevail.

While the SC gave the city government power to decide rates of the agricultural land, but the power to order an Inquiry commission lies with the Centre, not the Delhi government.

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