Delhi HC refuses to stay Centre's notification on ACB jurisdiction
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today refused to stay the Centre's notification which barred Delhi government's Anti-corruption Branch (ACB) from acting against its officers.
The AAP government had moved the Delhi HC challenging the Centre's notification. This was one of the few cases pending in the court over the powers granted to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Earlier on May 25, a single judge bench of HC had termed Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification of May 21 as 'suspect' and said that ACB could arrest Central government employees working in Delhi including Delhi police.
The Centre then moved to Supreme Court, which on May 29 sought a reply from Delhi government. The apex court has given 3 weeks time to Delhi govt for filing its reply.
In its May 21 notification, Centre had restrained the Delhi government's anti-corruption branch (ACB) from acting against its officers in criminal offences and holding that the LG cannot act in his discretion.
As per the notification, the Lieutenant Governor (LG) will have jurisdiction over matters connected with services, public order, police and land and he may consult with the Chief Minister whenever he thinks necessary on issues of services using his own discretion.