The next round of battle between the Centre and the Arvind Kejriwal-led government over the powers in the jurisdiction of the Delhi administration will be fought in the courtroom on Friday.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government moved the Delhi high court on Thursday, challenging a home ministry notification that said lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung had discretionary power over appointments and transfers of key bureaucratic posts in the Capital.
The government mentioned the matter before a division bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, which posted the matter for Friday. A recent high court ruling said that anti-corruption branch can probe Delhi Police officers has provided a shot in the arm to the Kejriwal dispensation in its tussle with the Centre. Delhi Police function under the Union home ministry.
The AAP government also challenged in the HC the appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary by LG.
Also on Friday the Supreme Court will re-hear the Centre's plea challenging the Delhi HC ruling that restored the power of the state government's anti-corruption branch (ACB) to probe central government's employees in graft cases.
The Union home ministry had filed an appeal in this regard on Wednesday.
An NDA government notifcation issued last week barred the ACB from registering cases against central officers, escalating an all-out turf war between CM Kejriwal and LG Jung.
The Centre's petition was mentioned before a vacation bench by additional solicitor general Maninder Singh, who said that the observations made by the HC led to total uncertainty and made everyday administration of national capital difficult.
A Centre's gazette notification dated May 21 had said the LG will have jurisdictions over matters connected with services, public order, police and land and he may consult with the chief minister whenever he thinks necessary on issues of services using his own "discretion".
The appointment of senior bureaucrat Gamlin as acting chief secretary by the LG had initiated the slugfest, with Kejriwal questioning the LG's authority and accusing him of trying to take over the administration.