On August 04, the High Court had held AAP government's contention that LG was bound to act on the advice of Council of Ministers was 'without substance'.

After the High court’s decision Najeeb Jung said that he feels sorry for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his interpretation of the Constitution is "laughable".

"I feel sorry for him (Kejriwal). Because he shows a paranoia which is really of concern. He should mature," Jung said, calling handling of certain issues by the Chief Minister "childish" and his interpretation of certain provisions of the Constitution "laughable".

Jung also said the Delhi government will have to take corrective measures after the verdict. "We respectfully disagree with the High Court verdict," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, adding there was a "big difference" between any other Union Territory and the national capital and alleged that on the "pretext of rules", various decisions aimed at curbing corruption have been stalled.

Jung, addressing a rare press conference, said a number of decisions including Delhi Government's directions to power regulator DERC, appointment of government representatives to BSES board and certain orders relating to tax will have to be "corrected" as they did not have his concurrence.

At the same time, he said the Court's ruling that he is the "administrative head" of Delhi was neither a victory for him nor a defeat for Kejriwal, noting fulcrum of the verdict was to protect the sanctity of Constitution.

The court had earlier quashed several notifications issued by Kejriwal after returning to power last year, saying they were illegal as they were issued without concurrence of the LG.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath had dismissed Kejriwal government's plea challenging the Centre's May 21, 2015, notification giving absolute powers to LG in appointing bureaucrats in the national capital.

(With Agency Input)

 

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