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Kejriwal vs Jung power tussle: Delhi High Court, Supreme Court to hear pleas today

New Delhi(web team): The raging battle between Kejriwal-led Delhi government and Centre’s Modi government has reached an interesting cusp with both the parties knocking at the doors of Delhi high court and the apex court on the notification issue.

The AAP government on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court challenging the Centre’s recent notification giving the Lieutenant Governor absolute powers in appointing bureaucrats in the national capital.

The petition was mentioned before a bench of justices B D Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva, saying, “The Delhi government has decided to move against the Ministry of Home Affair’s (MHA’s) May 21 notification.”

The petition was mentioned by Delhi government standing counsel Raman Duggal

Cutting short AAP government’s aspirational flight in the middle, Modi government on May 22, Delhi’s LG was given absolute powers by the Centre in appointment of bureaucrats for which he need not “consult” the chief minister on subjects like senior staff, police and public order.

A jurisdiction row between Centre and Delhi Government reached apex court after a Special Leave Petition (SLP) was filed in the registry of the apex court.

The Supreme Court will hear Centre’s plea challenging Delhi High Court order terming as “suspect” its notification barring Delhi government’s anti-corruption branch (ACB) from acting against its officers in criminal offences, and holding that the LG cannot act in his discretion.

The Centre’s petition was mentioned before a vacation bench, comprising Justices A K Sikri and U U Lalit, by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who said that the observations made by the High Court led to total uncertainty and made everyday administration of national capital difficult.

Ahead of this crucial hearing​, on Thursday, Lieutenant Governor​ Najeeb Jung met Union Home secretary LC Goyal and Home Minister Rajnath singh.

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