In the midst of a dispute with the Centre, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has received vindication in court.
The anti-corruption branch of Delhi, which comes under Delhi Police, must take its orders from Kejriwal’s government and not the Centre, the Delhi High Court said on 25 May.
The judge also said that Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung is “bound to act upon the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers”.
“Today’s judgement is a huge embarassment for the central govt, (sic),” jubilant Kejriwal tweeted.
Last week, the Centre said its officers could not be probed by the ACB, Delhi because it doesn’t have the right to intervene in matters of land, the Delhi Police, or the appointments of key bureaucrats.
The Centre also said the LG, who acts as its representative in Delhi, is not obliged to consult Kejriwal on these issues.
Kejriwal has described the Centre’s stand as perfidy and a blatant attempt to provide cover to corrupt officials. He has also said he will challenge the Centre’s notification in court.
The clash between the Centre and Kejriwal is over how their powers are divided in Delhi’s administration, a union territory.
Earlier in the day, in a maverick move, he summoned a cabinet meeting at a city public park and sought the attendance of the “aam aadmi” or common man that his party is named after.