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AAP govt’s legal battles over Delhi burdening the exchequer: Centre to SC

The Centre has accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government of burdening the exchequer to fund its legal expenses in its tussle with the NDA government over who controls the Capital’s administration.

cities Updated: Nov 16, 2016 01:08 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with deputy CM Manish Sisodia on November 14, 2016.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with deputy CM Manish Sisodia on November 14, 2016. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

The Centre has accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government of burdening the exchequer to fund its legal expenses in its tussle with the NDA government over who controls the Capital’s administration.

“By way of filing the petition, the petitioner has only caused extra burden on the government exchequer and tax payers’ money and is wasting valuable time of the Supreme Court,” stated the Union ministry of home affairs’ affidavit filed in response to AAP government’s appeal before the top court.

It accused deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, of misusing his authority and government money for political gains. Sisodia, it asserted, could not have signed the appeal without the Lieutenant Governor’s (L-G) approval.

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Delhi government has challenged the high court’s August 4 order that declared the L-G the Centre’s representative and the administrative head of the city, a Union Territory. The top court declined to stay the HC ruling. AAP government accused the L-G of disrupting its day-to-day working. It raised objection so the three-member committee constituted by the L-G to look into 400 files related to decisions it took before the HC gave its verdict.

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The Centre said Delhi experienced a stable and smooth governance since 1993, but complications in governance have been created by the present dispensation because it neither adheres to laws and rules nor follows the constitutional framework.

“Humble requests and gentle reminders to work within the scope of Constitutional scheme for the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi have fallen on deaf ears, leading to the present imbroglio,” the ministry said.

The home ministry said the counsel who filed the appeal on behalf of the AAP government, too, had acted without authority. The Centre has already written to the SC registry clarifying the lawyer concerned was not authorised to represent the NCT. The appeal is against the Constitutional mandate.

The Centre denied the allegations that L-G had paralysed the administration of Delhi. Issues regarding “governing crisis” were baseless and the appeal casts aspersions of the HC that has simply reiterated the Constitutional position.

“The petitioner who is making a lot of hue and cry that the orders issued by the L-G, subsequent to the HC judgement of the strike at the root of democracy, has never cared to follow either the rule of the land or the constitutional obligations,” the MHA stated.

The transfer orders of officers, initiated by AAP-government, were illegal and, therefore, had to be revoked.

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