Supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party gather near a banner featuring an image of Arvind Kejriwal in Amritsar, Punjab, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Delhi Vs Central Government: Supreme Court Delivers Split Verdict On Control Of Services

The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on the contentious issue of control of services in the National Capital Territory in the tussle between the Delhi government and the central government while referring the matter to a larger bench.

A two-judge bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, however, agreed on their views on disputes pertaining to the anti-corruption branch, setting up of commission of inquiry, control over electricity boards, land revenue matters and appointment of public prosecutors.

The apex court also upheld the central government's notification that its employees cannot be probed in corruption cases by Anti Corruption Branch of Delhi government. The top court also said that instead of the Lieutenant Governor, the Delhi government will have the right to appoint public prosecutors or law officers.

‘Injustice To The People Of Delhi'

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the Supreme Court verdict “an injustice to the people of Delhi", and said the Aam Aadmi Party government will seek legal remedies.

Addressing a press conference after the apex court order, he alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party-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. 
Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, Delhi