EC Rejects Pleas Of 21 AAP MLAs In ‘Office Of Profit’ Case

NEW DELHI: 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 mentioned 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 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.

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

The court had said the order to appoint them as parliamentary secretaries were given without the concurrence of the Lieutenant Governor (LG).

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had defended the appointments saying the legislators were helping the government deliver on the promises made to the people and weren’t paid from the exchequer for the extra work that they put in.