SC grants Delhi govt. urgent hearing on July 4

Background: Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Act 1991, Supreme Court, Article 131, High Court.

  • The Supreme Court agreed to urgently hear a petition filed by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi seeking to restrain the Delhi High Court from passing any judicial orders on the scope and boundaries of the constitutional relationship between it and the Centre in administering the National Capital. The hearing will be held on July 4.
  • It said only the Supreme Court of India (to exclusion of all other courts in the country) under Article 131 had the original jurisdiction in any dispute between the Government of India and States.
  • It contended that the tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government was a federal one which the apex court (not the Delhi High Court) should decide.
  • The tensions between the NDA government and Kejriwal have affected every arm of governance in Delhi over the months even as about a dozen petitions lie pending in the High Court in which they contest each other’s right to administer and govern the National Capital.

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