Amid tug of war between Delhi Lieutenant Governor and Aam Aadmi Party Government, the Center said it has no intention to run the city government through anyone but is conscious of its Constitutional responsibility and committed to uphold it.
“We have no intention to run the Delhi government through anyone. Let them run the government. We just want to uphold the Constitutional provisions,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.
Replying to a question on whether the Centre wants to run the Delhi government through the LG as it has given him absolute powers in several matters, including transfer and postings of senior bureaucrats, by issuing a notification, which was challenged in the court by the Arvind Kejriwal government.
“We are not against anyone but it is our responsibility to uphold constitutional provisions. Everyone should remain within the framework of the Constitution,” Rajnath said, speaking to reporters.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court stayed the observation of the Delhi High Court on the Anti Corruption Bureau’s jurisdiction over Delhi Police and Central government officers. The apex court also issued notices to the Delhi government and others on a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the Government of India.
Lawyer Aman Sinha said: “There was a SLP filed by the Union government with respect to certain observations made in a bail application judgement by the Delhi High Court, certain unwarranted observations with respect to the May 21 notification. The Supreme Court, after hearing the matter, prima facie realised the merit in the case of Union of India.”