The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud which also comprised justices MR Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli, and PS Narasimha today ruled in favour of the Delhi government in a long-running power struggle with the Central Government, saying that in a democratic system, the actual authority of administration must lie with the elected branch of government.
A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Delhi government must have authority over services, and that the Lieutenant Governor must abide by its decision.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Delhi Assembly has the authority to pass laws in accordance with the wishes of the people.
“A democratically elected government must have authority over its employees; otherwise, having another elected body in Delhi would be pointless. A democratically elected government’s duty to the legislature and the public is diminished if it is unable to exercise oversight over its personnel and hold them accountable. “If officers are not responding to elected government, collective responsibility is diluted,” CJI was cited as stating by Bar and Bench.
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