Delhi Govt vs LG: SC refers control of services to larger bench after split verdict

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New Delhi, Feb 14: The Supreme Court on Thursday referred the issue to a larger bench to decide whether the Delhi government or Lieutenant Governor should have jurisdiction over ‘Services’ in the national capital after a split verdict.

A bench of Justice Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan also held that the Centre has the power to set up Inquiry Commission.

During the hearing, Justice AK Sikri held transfers of posting of Joint Secretary and above officers are in the domain of LG while other officers fall under Delhi government, however, in case of difference of opinion, view of LG to prevail.

But Justice Bhushan dissented from Justice Sikri on the issue of ‘Services’ and said all the officers fall under the domain of the Central government.

“Supreme Court took decision on six issues. SC ruled in favour of centre in 4 of them. Anti-Corruption Bureau, posting and transfer of Grade 1 & Grade 2 officers, Commission of Inquiry, falls under Centre’s jurisdiction”, Lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay told media.

Electricity department, Revenue department, posting and transfer of Grade 3 & Grade 4 officer will come under Delhi government. In case of difference of opinion, LG’s view will prevail, he added.

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