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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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After SC Decision, Delhi Must Be Granted Full Statehood

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-07-04 19:13:05

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
A sordid saga of power tussle in Delhi comes to an end with the Supreme Court saying that the constitution does not empower the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi with administrative powers in matters other than those related to land, police and public order. The court categorically said that the Lt. Governor had no independent powers under the constitution and cannot reject, or even sit on, decisions taken by the elected government of Delhi. It further said that other than the above matters, the Lt. Governor was bound by the advice of the Delhi cabinet.

This is what AAP and Arvind Kejriwal have been saying from the beginning. They have alleged that the Centre was using the Lt. Governor to put hurdles in the path of the Delhi government and not allowing it to function. The Centre said that the Lt. Governor was acting as per the constitution which did not allow the elected government of Delhi to act and do things the way they were done by governments in all other states of India. Even the Delhi HC thought so. But now that the SC has decided otherwise, the primacy of the elected government has been restored.

At the heart of the matter is the status of Delhi. It is not a state in the true sense and hence there was an ambiguity about the powers of both the government and the Lt. Governor. Kejriwal was exasperated as all his schemes for the welfare of the people got stuck at the latterÂ’s desk. It was not unnatural for Kejriwal to assume that politics was being used to scuttle the schemes. Every law can be read by different people in different ways, mostly to secure a gain for themselves. The Centre thought it could control Delhi through the Lt. Governor. But the Supreme Court has rightly said that his powers are limited. The time has now come to put a permanent end to this dispute by granting full statehood to Delhi.