No place for anarchy in constitutional governance: SC

No place for anarchy in constitutional governance: SC

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI file photo)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who once claimed himself an “anarchist”, was on Wednesday reminded by the Supreme Court that there is no room for absolutism and anarchy in the field of constitutional governance and rule of law.

“The authorities in power should constantly remind themselves that they are constitutional functionaries and they have the responsibility to ensure that the fundamental purpose of administration is the welfare of the people in an ethical manner,” a five-judge Constitution bench presided over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.

The court said there is no place for absolutism and anarchy.

"Sometimes it is argued, though, in a different context, that one can be a “rational
anarchist”, but the said term has no entry in the field of constitutional governance and rule of law," the CJI said.

“The constitutional functionaries are expected to cultivate the understanding of constitutional renaissance by the realisation of their constitutional responsibility,” the CJI said.

The court said the Lieutenant Governor and the Council of Ministers headed by the Chief Minister are to constantly remain alive to the constitutional conscience to enable true blossoming of the constitutional ideals.

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