SC Dismisses Plea That Sought To Declare Arvind Kejriwal's Sit-In At L-G Residence Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court of India, on Monday, dismissed the plea to declare the sit-in strike at Lieutenant Governor’s office cum residence that took place last year in June as unconstitutional. The PIL filed by advocate Harinath Ram plead to the SC to declare the sit-in of Kejriwal and his cabinet as ‘unconstitutional’.
According to Business Standard, the plea further said that a constitutional crisis was created due to “the unconstitutional and illegal” protest by the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet ministers. Stating it to the Indian Express, the bench said, “The chief minister of Delhi goes on hunger strike and you (petitioner) want Supreme Court to stop all this? Dismissed.”
Advocate Harinath Ram, also stated in his plea that it was the taxpayer’s money that the Delhi CM was wasting for an unconstitutional bargain with the LG, according to Indian Express. Adding to it, it also stated that he was openly disregarding the fundamental law of the country despite taken an oath under the constitution.
On June 2018, the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal along with his three other colleagues had gone to meet the L-G of Delhi, Anil Baijal with few demands. But they refused to leave Raj Nivas, the office cum residence of LG until the demands were met, according to Times of India.
According to NDTV, they had two demands. The first one was directions from the L-G asking the IAS officers to end their four-month strike that they were holding against the Kejriwal government and second was to approve the new doorstep delivery scheme.
According to Hindu, Mr Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Ministers Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain had started a dharna at a visitors’ room in Raj Niwas but Mr Sisodia and Mr Jain were admitted to the hospital after their indefinite strike.
A tweet by Arvind Kejriwal said, “Handed him this letter. L-G refuses to take action. L-G is under a constitutional duty to act. Left wid no option, we have politely told L-G that we will not leave till he acts on all points. We have come out of his chamber n sitting in his waiting room [sic]”.
Talking to The Hindu, Raj Niwas said, “In response, it was reiterated by the L-G that there is no strike by employees… and in his continued interactions with officers, it has been informed that the atmosphere of mistrust and fear continues and no sincere attempts to resolve the differences have been made so far.”
Finally ending the strike after nine days, Kejriwal told The Hindu, “With one phone call from the L-G, the officers attended the meetings,” he said, adding that the officers had been threatened by Raj Niwas not to attend meetings called by ministers.