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The Supreme Court’s decision came after the central government’s counsel Ranjit Kumar told the court that the appeals involve interpretation of the constitution. Photo: Mint
The Supreme Court’s decision came after the central government’s counsel Ranjit Kumar told the court that the appeals involve interpretation of the constitution. Photo: Mint

SC refers batch of petitions on Delhi LG’s powers to a larger constitution bench

A two -judge bench said that the larger constitution benchcomprising at least five judgeswill frame the legal issues that need to be considered

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday referred a batch of appeals filed by the Delhi government against the 2016 Delhi High Court verdict holding the lieutenant-governor (L-G) as the administrative head of the national capital to a constitution bench.

A bench comprising justices A.K. Sikri and R.K. Agarwal said that the larger constitution bench will frame the legal issues that need to be considered.

A constitution bench consists of a minimum of five judges of the apex court.

The court’s decision came after the central government’s law officer Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the court that the appeals involve interpretation of the constitution, specifically the parts dealing with special provisions regarding status of Delhi.

Delhi government had also asked for an authoritative ruling on the issue since the apex court has an exclusive jurisdiction to deal with disputes involving states and the Centre.

The Delhi High Court had on 4 August 2016 upheld the powers of the L-G in matters of public order, land, police and services, including the power to appoint civil servants in the national capital.

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