AAP Lawmakers Held ‘De Facto Office’, Says Election Commission, Rejects Their Pleas

The 21 AAP legislators had approached the EC to drop their disqualification case as their appointments as parliamentary secretaries have already been set aside by the Delhi High Court

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New Delhi:  In a setback for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, the Election Commission (EC) has rejected pleas of 21 AAP legislators to drop office of profit case against them. The EC in its final hearing, likely to be in August, will decide on their disqualification.

The EC has also made it clear 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”.

The EC order said that the commission was of the “considered opinion that the AAP legislators did hold de facto the office of parliamentary secretaries from March 13, 2015 to September 8, 2016”.

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The 21 AAP legislators had 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.

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

Source: NDTV

Tags: National, Arvind Kejriwal, Election Commission, 21 AAP legislators, Delhi High Court, office of profit case, National News, India news in gujarati, india news

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