The use and misuse of ordinances by governments
- While the Constitution authorizes only Parliament to pass laws, the Centre, through the president, can issue a law on its own when Parliament is not in session and if ‘immediate action’ is required
On 11 May, the Supreme Court ruled that the power to transfer Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in Delhi lay with the state government, and not the lieutenant-governor appointed by the Centre. On 19 May, the central government, through the president, issued an ordinance that effectively negated this ruling. While it opened a new front of conflict between the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre, it also raised the larger question of ordinances as a law-making tool.