Parliamentary secretaries: HC set aside Delhi governmenta��s order

New Delhi: The Delhi high court set aside the Delhi governmenta��s order appointing 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries stating that it was made without the lieutenant governor (L-G)a��s approval.

The AAP-led Delhi government has already conceded that the appointment became invalid in light of the courta��s August 4 verdict that declared the L-G as the administrative head of the national capital region.

Chief justice G Rohini and justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal were hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Rashtriya Mukti Morcha, which challenged the appointments, claiming it was a�?unconstitutional, illegal and without jurisdictiona�?. The petition also stated the chief minister had a�?no power, jurisdiction or authoritya�? to administer the oath of office to parliamentary secretaries.

The Delhi government had appointed the parliamentary secretaries in February 2015. However, a constitutional clause prohibits legislators or parliamentarians from holding any position with monetary or other benefits.

A�Earlier, in view of this constitutional position, President Pranab Mukharjee refused to sign the bill that ratified the appointments

The Delhi government argued that the appointments will facilitate a smooth functioning. It also clarified that the secretaries would not receive any remuneration from the government.

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