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Arvind Kejriwal or Najeeb Jung, who heads Delhi: Supreme Court to decide
The administrative battle between Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung has reached the doors of the Supreme Court.

On Friday, the Supreme Court will hear six appeals filed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government concerning on deciding who is the final administrative authority in Delhi.

While Kejriwal has argued that as an elected Chief Minister, he is the administrative head of Delhi, Jung has claimed that as per the Constitution, he heads the state. Earlier, when Delhi High Court was hearing the case, it had ruled that the final administrative authority in the Union Territory is the LG.

The battle between Kejriwal and Jung had started as soon as Kejriwal took charge as Delhi CM with a huge majority in the elections. And after the Delhi High Court's verdict, Jung had ruled against a number of decisions taken by the AAP government, claiming that it did not have the authority to take these decisions.

In August, the SC had adjourned AAP's original suit of declaring Delhi as a full state. On September 2, the AAP government instead withdrew the original suit filed in SC since the Special Leave Petitions (SLP) challenging the High Court judgement had been filed earlier. Instead AAP government has filed six petitions in the case. The apex court will now hear AAP government's original suit and SLP against the High Court's judgment to take a final call on who heads the National Capital Territory.

A SC bench of justices A K Sikri and B Y Chandrachur, allowed the AAP government to withdraw the civil suit. It also allowed the petitioner to raise the issues mentioned in the civil suit in the SLPs it has filed.

Kejriwal's lawyer had requested the SC to hear the case on an urgent basis. He had claimed that because of the High Court's order, senior bureaucrats were now reporting to the LG instead of the Delhi government.

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