New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to LG VK Saxena on a plea of the Delhi government challenging the appointment of ‘aldermen’ by the LG in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) house.
A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala posted the matter for hearing on April 10.
After Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the municipal elections, the LG appointed 10 aldermen that were opposed by the Delhi government.
The petition of the Delhi government sought the quashing of the orders dated January 3 and 4 whereby the Lieutenant Governor nominated 10 persons to the MCD.
The plea stated that the Lieutenant Governor has “illegally” appointed 10 nominated members to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on his own initiative, not on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.
This is the first time since Article 239AA came into effect in 1991 that such a nomination has been made by the Lieutenant Governor completely by-passing the elected government, thereby arrogating to an unelected office a power that belongs to the duly elected government, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government stated.