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Blow for Kejriwal: EC rejects pleas of 21 AAP MLAs in office of profit case

The office of profit petition was filed against 21 AAP MLA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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In a major jolt to the AAP, the Commission has ruled that it will continue hearing a plea against the party's nearly two dozen MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit, despite the High setting aside their appointment as parliamentary secretaries.

The office of profit was filed against 21 Later, proceedings were dropped against Jarnail Singh after he resigned as the Rajouri Garden to contest Assembly polls in Punjab.

The EC order stated that the commission was of the "considered opinion" that the MLAs did hold "de facto the office of parliamentary secretaries from March 13, 2015 to September 8, 2016".

The order comes days before Chief Commissioner Nasim Zaidi demits office in July.

Commissioner O P Rawat, who recused himself from the case after Chief Minister Kejriwal had questioned his impartiality, has not signed on the order.

The petitioner, Prashant Patel, maintained that the high order should have no bearing on the case being heard by the EC as the MLAs were enjoying the fruits of that office till their appointment was set aside by the high

On September 8, the high court had set aside the appointment of the 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries. The court had said the order to appoint them as parliamentary secretaries was given without the concurrence of the Lieutenant Governor.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal had set aside the March 13, 2015 government order after the counsel appearing for the government "conceded" that it was issued without taking concurrence or views of the LG.

The poll panel had heard the case on December 16 last before it got busy with Assembly elections in five states.

On March 27, the commission had reserved its order on the issue.

First Published: Sat, June 24 2017. 11:56 IST