"If a well deliberated legitimate decision of the Council of Ministers is not given effect to due to an attitude to differ on the part of the Lieutenant Governor, then the concept of collective responsibility would stand negated"- CJI
In a significant judgment, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court held that the Lieutenant-General of the Delhi had to act as per the aid and advise of the Council of Ministers of Delhi Government except in matters of land, police and public order. It held that the LG cannot interfere in each and every decision of the Delhi Government. Although decisions of the Government have to be communicated to the LG, there is no need to obtain the concurrence of LG in all matters. The Court also held that Delhi was not a 'State', and occupied a special status under the Constitution.
There were three separate and concurring judgments. CJI Dipak Misra wrote judgment for himself and Justice A K Sikri and Justice A M Khanwilkar. Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan wrote separate but concurring judgments. Here is the summary of the judgments.
Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra (for himself and Justice A K Sikri and Justice A M Khanwilkar)
Justice D Y Chandrachud
Justice Ashok Bhushan