Kejriwal government to file fresh suit for declaring Delhi a state

New Delhi : The Arvind Kejriwal government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it has withdrawn its suit seeking a declaration that Delhi is a state as it has filed six petitions challenging the Delhi High Court order that held the Lt. Governor, as the administrator of the national capital, had the last word in governance.

Allowing Delhi government to withdraw its suit filed at the beginning of this year, a bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud permitted it to file a fresh suit in the event of fresh cause of action.

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As Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar opposed the plea by senior counsel Indira Jaising, the bench said that it was not going into the question whether National Capital Territory Delhi is a Union Territory or not.

Withdrawing the suit, Indira Jaising, appearing for Delhi government, informed the court that six petitions have been against the High Court order, with the first filled on August 31 and others on September 1 and 2.

Jaising said the Delhi government will agitate all the issues that it has raised in the suit.