Election Commission Rejects Pleas Of AAP MLAs

The AAP legislators who have been in trouble for being appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries by Delhi government pleaded with the Election Commission to drop office of profit case against them, which the EC rejected.

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which has been in trouble over various issues is in for another setback. The Election Commission has rejected the pleas of 21 AAP legislators to drop office of profit case against them. In the final hearing to be in August, EC is likely to decide on their disqualification. The legislators were appointed parliamentary secretaries by Delhi government in 2015.

The EC also clarified that the Delhi High Court order that set aside their appointments won’t come in the way of the poll panel while deciding their disqualification as ‘the MLAs held the posts de facto.’   See Also: Red Carpet To Be Rolled Out For Modi At White House

The EC is of the opinion that AAP legislators did hold de facto the office of Parliamentary Secretaries from March 13, 2015 to September 8, 2016.

The legislators approached the EC to drop their disqualification case as their appointments as Parliamentary Secretaries have already been set aside by the Delhi High Court. The proceedings were dropped against Jarnail Singh who had resigned from Rajouri Garden in Delhi to contest the Punjab Assembly elections.   See Also: Police Shocked At New Revelations About Rajiv

Now the legislators will have to provide proof to the EC that they haven’t got any benefits from their posts.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had defended the appointments saying that the legislators were helping the government deliver on the promises made to the people and weren’t paid from the exchequer for the extra work they put in.   See Also: Centre De-Notifies NHW In Telangana As State Govt Chooses Liquor Over NHWs

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