Supreme Court reserves order on Delhi-Centre service dispute

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Chief Justice D.Y. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chandrachud heard Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Center and the Delhi government respectively, and senior advocate A.K. Heard the arguments of M. Singhvi.

New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on the dispute between the Center and the Delhi government over control of services in the national capital. Chief Justice D.Y. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chandrachud heard Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Center and the Delhi government respectively, and senior advocate A.K. Heard the arguments of M. Singhvi.

Earlier, a constitution bench was constituted to hear a legal issue relating to the scope of legislative and executive powers of the Center and the Delhi government on regulation of services in Delhi. The apex court had on May 6 referred the issue of regulation of services in Delhi to a five-judge constitution bench. The Delhi government’s plea comes after a split judgment dated February 14, 2019, in which Justice A.K. Of. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan had recommended to the Chief Justice that a three-judge bench should be set up to finally decide the issue of control of services in the national capital. Justice A. Of. Both Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan are now retired.

Justice Bhushan had ruled that the Delhi government had no jurisdiction over administrative services, while Justice Sikri had a different view. He said that officers in top bureaucratic posts (Joint Director and above) can be transferred or posted only by the central government and in case of difference of opinion on matters relating to other bureaucrats, the views of the Lieutenant Governor will prevail. In a 2018 judgement, a five-judge constitution bench had unanimously held that the lieutenant governor of Delhi is bound by the aid and advice of the elected government and that the two need to work in tandem with each other.

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