Government of Delhi cannot be subsumed as a unit of Union Government merely because it is not a ‘State’: SC

The Supreme Court (SC) upholding federalism held that the Union Government cannot take over the governance of States. The SC noted that while National Capital Territory (Delhi) is not a full-fledged State, it is not under the common class of Union Territories either, Article 239AA of the Constitution has accorded ‘sui generis’ status to it. The SC, providing an expansive interpretation to Article 239AA(3)(a), said that ‘services’ as per Entry 41-State List accords the legislature of Delhi power to govern and make laws over administrative services barring those related to public order, police and land.