Delhi’s cheif minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said the Supreme Court’s order on shared power in the city goes against democracy and said his government will seek legal solutions.
In a major blow to the government of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the highest court said that it is the center and not the Delhi government that has the powers to order investigations against corrupt officials in the capital. After a split verdict, the court left the decision on who controls Delhi’s officials at a higher bank.
Mr. Kejriwal called the sentence “injustice to the people of Delhi.” Claiming that the court order establishes that the elected government has no power to transfer officers, Kejriwal sought to know how the AAP government will function and said that the chief minister of Delhi has no power to appoint a pawn.
“We have been suffering for the past four years, for each job and for each file to be cleaned up, if the head of government in Delhi and his ministers have to hold protests and go on hunger strike in LG’s house, how will the government? What kind of democracy is it? “he asked.
The Arvind Kejriwal government had argued that the elected government should have the power to act against corrupt bureaucrats before the court said that the Anti-Corruption Office would be under central government control.
Judges AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, who were in the constitution bank, could not decide who should have powers over the officers in Delhi. Judge Sikri believed that the transfer of senior officers from the level of joint secretary and superior should be decided by the lieutenant governor
In July 2018, Mr. Kejriwal sat in a nine-day protest in front of the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to pressure him to end an alleged bureaucratic strike.