New Delhi: The central government on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking review of May 11 Constitution bench judgement where the apex court held that Delhi government has “legislative and executive power over services” in the national capital.
Meanwhile, the Narendra Modi-led Centre on May 19 brought an ordinance to create a National Capital Civil Service Authority, negating the Supreme Court’s order.
The ordinance will deal with the power to recommend the transfer and posting of all Group A officers and officers of DANICS serving in Delhi.
Chief Minister of Delhi as ex officio Chairperson of the Authority will head the authority but his decision will not be supreme as other members such as Chief Secretary and Principal Home Secretary of NCT of Delhi will have a equal say.
All matters shall be decided by a majority of votes of the members present. In case of conflicts in view, the decision of the Lieutenant Governor shall be final.
“The central government, in consultation with the authority, shall determine the nature and the categories of officers and other employees required to assist the authority in the discharge of its functions and provide the authority with such officers and employees, as it may deem fit…,” read the ordinance.
Major Setback For AAP
This came as a shock to the camp of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who earlier celebrated the Supreme Court’s verdict that wielded power to the Delhi government to decide transfers and postings of all bureaucrats deputed to the national capital.
Earlier in the day, the party called the Centre’s move ‘unconstitutional’ and the union government deliberately chose to bring this ordinance at a time when the apex court has closed for summer vacation for six weeks.