Elected Government Can’t Be Sans Power, Top Court Told In AAP vs Centre


New Delhi: An elected government can not be without power, argued the government of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today when five Supreme Court justices began to hear their challenge to a judicial verdict that designated the Lieutenant Governor as the administrative head of Delhi. Chief lawyer Gopal Subramaniam, representing the AAP government, presented the argument before a constitutional court consisting of five judges headed by Supreme Court President Dipak Misra.

“We are not questioning parliamentary supremacy, but an elected government can not have any power,” Subramaniam told the court.

Last year, the High Court ruled that Delhi, as union territory, is mainly headed by the Lieutenant Governor, who is the representative of the center in the national capital.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP have repeatedly accused the Lieutenant Governor of invading the powers of the state government and blocking his decisions.