he Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking full statehood for Delhi on Friday. Court mentioned it has become meaningless in view of a Constitution bench verdict of the court which categorically said the national capital cannot be accorded the status of a state.
Judgement passed by bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta and the advocate appearing for the petitioner referred to the judgement delivered by a five-judge Constitution bench on July 4. It (petition) is infructuous, the bench said while dismissing the plea.
The court was hearing a plea seeking to declare Article 239AA (which deals with powers and status of Delhi) of the Constitution and The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act 1991 as unconstitutional on the ground that a territory of India has to be either a full state or a union territory.
The plea had also alleged that constitutional arrangements for Delhi were responsible for the mismanagement in administration of the national capital which results in several problems including air pollution, traffic jams, water logging, unauthorised constructions. It claimed that these issues could be resolved by giving full statehood to Delhi.