Delhi HC holds that LG is the administrative head of NCR

New Delhi:  In a major setback to the Arvind Kejriwal government, the Delhi High Court on Thursday said that the Lt. Governor (LG) is not bound by the aid and advice of the Delhi government's council of ministers . A division bench of Chief Justice G.Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath ruled that Delhi government notification s must be issued after consulting the LG. "Policy direction can't be issued without communicating the to Lt. Governor," the bench said. The court said that it is constitutionally correct that Anti-Corruption Branch cannot initiate investigation against central government officials. The court's judgement came on nine different petitions arising out of the spat between the LG and Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party government over the power to appoint bureaucrats in the national capital and other issues.

HC further rules that the May 21, 2015, notification of Centre barring ACB from proceeding against Central Govt employees is neither illegal nor unsustainable.

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