Delhi Ordinance: Supreme Court issued notice on Delhi ordinance, what arguments did Kejriwal government and Center give?

Supreme Court On Delhi Ordinance 2023: The Supreme Court on Monday (July 10) heard the Delhi government’s petition against the central government’s ordinance. Delhi’s AAP government has challenged the constitutional validity of the Centre’s ordinance on regulation of services in the national capital. The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central Government regarding this matter.

During the hearing, Delhi government’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi demanded a stay on the ordinance. The CJI said that we are issuing a notice to the Centre. CJI asked for a hearing after two weeks stating the need for a detailed hearing. The court made him a party to the case on the request of the counsel for the Lieutenant Governor.

Supreme Court hearing on the ordinance

Singhvi said that in the new system, two officers together can cut off the talk of the Chief Minister. After that the matter will be sent to the Lieutenant Governor, who is like a super CM. It is necessary to stop this. He said that on the basis of this ordinance, 471 such people have been removed from their posts, many of whom are educated from universities like Oxford. There should be a hearing on this also. 

On this the Solicitor General said that the party workers were given jobs. There should not be a hearing on this directly in the Supreme Court. Those who are affected can go to the High Court. This demand is not in the petition. New thing is being said here. 

What else did the CJI say?

After hearing these arguments, the CJI said that we will hear this aspect on next Monday (July 17). The hearing on the ordinance will be held after two weeks and the matter of sacking of more than 400 people will be heard next Monday. 

The Center had issued an ordinance

It may be noted that The Central Government had promulgated the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Ordinance, 2023 on May 19 with the objective of setting up an authority for transfer and posting of Group-A officers in Delhi.

Only a week prior to the promulgation of this ordinance, the Supreme Court had handed over control of police, law and order and all other services in the national capital to the Delhi government, except land. 

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