The AAP government on Monday sought an urgent hearing on its appeals challenging the Delhi High Court judgement declaring the lieutenant governor (L-G) as the administrative head of the Capital.
The government complained that the verdict had given rise to a piquant situation.
A bench headed by chief justice TS Thakur agreed to list six appeals against the September 9 order after senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for the Delhi government, requested for an urgent hearing.
“A piquant situation has emerged in Delhi due to the Delhi high court’s August 4 judgement, which had held that all decisions of the elected government have to get prior approval of the L-G,” Subramaniam told the bench. He said the verdict had created an impression that all bureaucrats were required to report only to the L-G.
In a fresh application, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government urged the top court to make the L-G a party to the case.
The government said the L-G had been issuing orders, which were affecting day-to-day administration. The L-G was yet to be heard.
The high court had on August 4 said concurrence of the L-G in administrative issues was “mandatory.”
The court did not accept the AAP government’s contention that the L-G was bound to act only on the aid and advice of the chief minister and his council of ministers with regard to making of laws by the legislative assembly .
The court rejected all contentions of the Delhi government but agreed that the L-G would have to act on its aid and advice in the appointment of special public prosecutors.