The Delhi High Court on Thursday agreed to hear on June 18, a plea seeking to declare the sit-in by Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal.The pleas were filed by petitioner Hari Nath Ram seeking direction for discharging the chief ministerial obligations and responsibilities, as the entire functioning of the Chief Minister office of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi has been brought to a “standstill” since the sit-in started.The petition, filed through advocates Shashak Deo Sudhi and Shashi Bhushan, sought court’s direction to the Delhi government to declare the sit-in called by the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal.The plea said, “In the alternative, to issue comprehensive guidelines for legislative members not to indulge into acts of constitutional crisis including the strike for executive bargaining in the interest of justice.”Kejriwal and his ministers have been staging a sit-in at LG Anil Baijal’s office, since June 11 evening, to press for their demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike” and act against those who have struck work.Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia and health minister Satyender Jain are on an indefinite hunger strike to press for their demands. The plea submitted that taxpayer’s money was being wasted for the constitutional bargain by the chief minister of the state from the Lieutenant Governor.The plea further stated that it is settled position of law that LG has a special power in respect of the NCT of Delhi. Notwithstanding, the Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi is flouting the fundamental law of the country despite having taken an oath under the constitution of India. It is equally settled law that the person who had taken the oath under the Constitution, is enjoined to follow the constitutional postulates and mandates.It added that the sit-in was a stoppage of all public works for the purpose of acceptance of demands by the strikers and there was no statutory or legal provision empowering the chief minister to go on the sit-in.The Aam Aadmi Party has threatened to stage a “dharna” at the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday if a solution to the issue was not found this week.
Delhi High Court

Arvind Kejriwal

Manish Sisodia

Delhi Government

IAS Officers

AAP

Prime Minister’s Office

Lieutenant Governor

Aam Aadmi Party

NCT

Anil Baijal

National Capital Territory

Shashi Bhushan

Satyender Jain

Cabinet colleagues

AAP Ministers

Hari Nath Ram

Shashak Deo Sudhi

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Delhi High Court to hear on Monday plea against CM Arvind Kejriwal’s strike