People are sovereign, says SC

July 05, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 05:15 am IST - NEW DELHI

It’s the people who are sovereign and the decisions of the elected government in Delhi represent the public will, perception and popular sentiment, the five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court observed on the prolonged power tussle between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Lieutenant-Governor.

Sending a stern message to the L-G, the Supreme Court observed that a well-deliberated legitimate decision of the Council of Ministers cannot be stymied by the negative attitude of the L-G. What suffers is the concept of collective responsibility.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra wrote in the main judgment that “it is emphatically submitted that if the collective responsibility of the Council of Ministers is not given the expected weightage, there will be corrosion of the essential feature of representative government.”

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