The decision comes following a long tussle between the Delhi chief minister and LG Najeeb Jung over who has the final say in the administration of Delhi. Kejriwal has also repeatedly accused the Narendra Modi-led Centre of interfering in Delhi’s affairs using the office of the L-G. It has also demanded control of the Delhi Police, which currently comes under the Home Ministry, and complete statehood for Delhi.
Following the HC’s decision, the Delhi government has said it would now appeal in the Supreme Court.
Kejriwal has been going against the reading of Constitutional provisions that make the LG the administrative head of a Union Territory.
Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain said the Delhi High Court judgment is in line with constitutional provisions, and that the L-G is the Chief Executive Officer of Delhi.
The AAP had filed a total of nine petitions in the Delhi HC, contending that the power to make appointments and issue instructions did not rest with the LG, but with the Delhi CM. The petitions had risen out of a series of clashes between LG Najeeb Jung and the Delhi government.
The Delhi government had argued that in a democratic set up there cannot be two reporting authorities. The Centre however had contended that as a Union Territory, Delhi was not a full-fledged state, and that control over its government rests in the hands of the Union Home Ministry.