President Affirms to the Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

Published on 22 Jan 2018 by Tushar

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President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) recommendation for disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs for holding office of profit.They had been appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries to the Ministers in March, 2015. The question of their disqualification had then been brought up by a petition filed in June, 2015 before the President.

In response, the Delhi Legislative Assembly had then passed the Delhi Member of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) (Amendment Bill), 2015, excluding Parliamentary Secretaries from ‘office of profit’. The President had, however, refused to give assent to this Bill. 

Around the same time, the Delhi High Court struck down the posts of Parliamentary Secretaries. The MLAs had then approached the ECI, contending that it shouldn’t entertain the Petition against them, claiming that the High Court had already set aside their appointment as Parliamentary Secretaries. The ECI had, however, not accepted this reasoning and had recommended their disqualification.

Source: LiveLaw


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