Major setback for Delhi govt as Supreme Court ordered this

The top court ruling came as a setback for the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi.

This is as the Supreme Court ordered that central government has the power to order investigations against corrupt officers in the capital.

The top court also left the decision on who controls Delhi officers to a higher bench following a split verdict between two judges.

So while the Lieutenant Governor, who represents the centre in Delhi, scored a win, it was a bad day in court for AAP.

The Delhi Chief Minister was quick to react and said the “The Supreme Court order goes against democracy,”.

Delhi’s anti-corruption bureau, which investigates complaints against officers, is under the centre’s control, the Supreme Court ruled, in a huge setback to AAP, which had argued that an elected government should have the power to act against corrupt bureaucrats.

Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan could not decide on who should have powers over officers in Delhi. Justice Sikri believed that the transfer of high-ranking officers of the level of Joint Secretary and above should be decided by the Lieutenant Governor.

Lawyers representing the Delhi government had told the court that ambiguities remained in dealing with administrative matters of the national capital in spite of that judgment.

In July 2018, Mr Kejriwal sat on a nine-day-long protest in front of Mr Baijal’s office to push him into ending an alleged strike by bureaucrats.

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