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Delhi Bureaucrats legal control: SC to hear matter on Mar 3

The legal issue involves the dispute between the Delhi Government and the Central Government regarding control over administrative services in the national capital.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on March 3, the legal question as to who should control the Bureaucrats in Delhi. A three-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice (CJI) Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, listed the matter for hearing on March 3.

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi sought hearing on behalf of the Delhi government. Two Judges earlier had expressed totally different views on the matter, after which the issue was referred to a larger Bench.

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The legal issue involves the dispute between the Delhi Government and the Central Government regarding control over administrative services in the national capital.

In February 2019, a two-Judge bench of the Supreme Court had delivered a split verdict on the question of powers of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) and the Union Government over services and referred the matter to a three-Judge bench.

In October last year also, the matter was mentioned for urgent hearing, upon which the CJI had agreed to list the same after Dussehra Vacations.

The split verdict was delivered by the Bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan (both retired) on the issue of who has powers to appoint and transfer officers of State Public Services under Entry 41, List II of the Constitution of India. 

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