The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain the Union government’s petition challenging a Delhi High Court order that paved way for doorstep delivery of ration in the national Capital, NDTV reported.
The Centre has repeatedly sought to stall the scheme introduced by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi. The Centre has argued that under the National Food Security Act, a state government is not entitled to change the mode of distribution of foodgrains.
At Monday’s hearing, the Supreme Court noted that the Delhi High Court is slated to hear the matter on November 22, and requested the High Court to give a verdict on that day itself, according to Live Law. The Delhi government told the Supreme Court that it will not implement the scheme till then.
As part of the scheme, every beneficiary is entitled to receive 4 kilograms of flour and one kg of rice at their doorstep.
In an interim order passed on September 27, the Delhi High Court had allowed the Delhi government to reduce the supply of foodgrains to fair price shops in order to implement the scheme. The Centre had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the order.
On Monday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the case has widespread ramifications, Live Law reported.
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