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SC seeks response from Delhi government on Centre’s notification

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Supreme Court on Friday, sought response from the Delhi government, on an appeal made by the Centre against a Delhi High Court order, within 3 weeks.

The bench led by justice AK Sikri clarified that there is no stay on observations made by the Delhi High Court single judge in the May 25 judgment.

“We are not inclined to go into the issue of stay at this stage and after getting the reply, we will look into it,” the bench said as reported by the Economic Times (ET).

The Centre in its May 21 notification had restrained the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) from acting against its officers in criminal offences.

The notification stated that the Lieutenant Governor (LG) will have jurisdiction over matters concerned with services, public order, police and land, and he may consult with the Chief Minister whenever he thinks is necessary.

The bench also said that the High Court would hear a fresh petition filed by the Delhi government challenging the May 21 notification of the Centre, without being influenced by the observations made by the single judge in his verdict.

As per ET’s report, Centre, in its petition before the Supreme Court, has said that the observations made by the High Court led to uncertainty and made everyday administration in the national capital difficult.

It demanded for clear interpretation of Article 239 AA of the Constitution in balance of equation between the Delhi government and the LG.

The Centre also sought stay of the High Court judgment stating that it was issued without hearing it and listed nine grounds for setting it aside including that it “upsets the delicate constitutional balance for governance of Delhi and that too without an opportunity of hearing being given to the Union of India.”

 

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Delhi Forest Department Plans to Develop 11 City Forests During Monsoon

Environment Minister Imran Hussain has directed the department to ensure at least six of these are developed in the monsoon season

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The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest informed the Minister that his department has proposed to develop 11 city forests during in 2019-20. Pixabay

Delhi’s Forest Department plans to develop 11 forests across the city during the current financial year. Environment Minister Imran Hussain has directed the department to ensure at least six of these are developed in the monsoon season.

Hussain today reviewed the action plan for developing the city’s forest and programme and for carrying out “mega tree plantation” during the monsoon season, the government said in a statement.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest informed the Minister that his department has proposed to develop 11 city forests during in 2019-20. Hussain directed the department to ensure that at least six city forests are developed early in the monsoon season itself.

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Hussain directed the department to ensure that at least six city forests are developed early in the monsoon season itself. Wikimedia Commons

“The Forest Department was directed by the Minister to submit a detailed action plan, including timelines, for of development of six city forests immediately,” the statement said.

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The Minister also directed the department to submit a proposal for carrying out mega tree plantation drive to be organized in the last week of July.

“The proposal should clearly indicate the agency-wise targets along with locations for carrying out tree plantation with active participation of people, especially children,” it said. (IANS)