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4:38 am - Sunday February 18, 2018

EC recommends disqualification of MLAs in ‘office of profit’ case

Agencies, New Delhi

Delhi Transport Minister and Najafgarh MLA, Kailash Gahlot and Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba are among the high profile names featuring in the list of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators whose names were recommended for disqualification by Election Commission in the ‘office of profit’ case against them.

The other big names include— Nitin Tyagi MLA from Laxmi Nagar, Burari legislator Sanjeev Jha and and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri.

The names of other AAP MLAs are—Vijendar Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar Chauhan, Anil Bajpai, Avtar Singh, Madan Lal, Naresh Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Rajesh Rishi, Rajesh Gupta, Sarita Singh, Som Dutt, Shiv Charan Goel, Sukhbir Singh, and Jarnail Singh.

The Election Commission on Friday recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the ‘office of profit’ case .

In August 2017, the MLAs appealed to the Delhi High Court asking it to not allow the EC taking up the Delhi lawyer’s petition. They argued that their appointments to the post of parliamentary secretary were already quashed, in 2016.

Kejriwal expresses disappointment on EC’s decision

New Delhi: Expressing his disappointment over Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in ‘office of profit’ case, party convenor Arvind Kejriwal said that at the end truth ‘triumphs’.

“When you walk on the path of truth and honesty, then there are many obstacles. It is natural to be like this but visible and invisible forces of the Universe help you. God is always with you because you work for the country and society and not for yourself.

History is a witness that at the end truth always triumphs,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in a tweet in his first reaction on the matter.

The Election Commission on Friday recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the ‘office of profit’ case . In August 2017, the MLAs appealed to the Delhi High Court asking it to not allow the EC taking up the Delhi lawyer’s petition. They argued that their appointments to the post of parliamentary secretary were already quashed in 2016.

HC refuses relief to AAP MLAs

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to grant any interim relief to the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, whose names were recommended to the President by the Election Commission for disqualification, for allegedly holding the office of profit.

Seven MLAs of AAP have mentioned before a Delhi High Court bench for urgent hearing of their petition. One Prashant Patel has filed a petition before the Election Commission against 20 MLAs, who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries by the AAP government in Delhi. While hearing the petition, Judge Rekha Palli enquired the conduct of the MLAs before the EC and said that they did appear before the poll panel, taking shield of the fact that their pleas were pending in the High Court.

Justice Palli on Friday said she was not inclined to pass any order or issue notice and asked the EC to clarify the queries raised by her. She further asked the EC to inform till January 22, whether any final communication has been sent to President Ram Nath Kovind on the disqualification of the MLAs. As per the EC, being Parliamentary Secretaries and by holding the office of profit, the AAP leaders were liable to be disqualified as MLAs of Delhi Assembly.

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