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Office of profit: EC does not have jurisdiction to hear issue, say AAP MLAs

The EC had issued a showcause notice to 21 AAP MLAs, asking why they should not be disqualified for allegedly holding two offices of profit.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Published: May 14, 2016 1:35 am
Aam Aadmi Party, AAP MLAs notice, office of profit, app mla office of profit, Election Commission of India, Arvind Kejriwal, showcause notice, delhi news In its letter to the secretaries, the EC had also directed them to file sworn affidavits when it asked them to submit their replies by May 10.

The 21 parliamentary secretaries, who filed their replies to the Election Commission (EC) stating they have not availed any benefit from the government, told the commission that it does not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter.

The EC had issued a showcause notice to 21 AAP MLAs, asking why they should not be disqualified for allegedly holding two offices of profit.

One of the MLA’s, in his reply, said, “The EC has no jurisdiction to decide and adjudicate the reference made by the President… The commission has no jurisdiction to give any opinion on the merits of the matter… The respondent reserves his rights to challenge the issuance of the notice.”

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It added, “Respondent is submitting to the jurisdiction of the commission purely in spirit of transparency and upholding sound democratic principles… The respondent has not used government office or transport facility by virtue of being a parliamentary secretary, even though the office order allows use of government vehicle and office… Use of transport or office space does not amount to profit,” stated the reply.

The 50-page affidavit submitted to the EC stated, “It is reiterated that the respondents have not used any office space or transport facility. Even if they had used them — as allowed in an impugned order — the same would not amount to office of profit.”

In its letter to the secretaries, the EC had also directed them to file sworn affidavits when it asked them to submit their replies by May 10.

The parliamentary secretaries have been in the dock for “holding dual offices of profit” and are at risk of being disqualified. AAP advocate Hrishikesh Kumar said the post of parliamentary secretary does not fall within the purview of office of profit. He added that the parliamentary secretaries never availed any pecuniary benefit, office space or transport allowance.

Last year, the Delhi government had appointed the 21 MLAs as secretaries to ministers.

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    IML sood
    May 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm
    One can find an insane man ranting 67-3 in each coloumn as if some horrible disease has inflicted this person.No worry he can be spotted very soon ,beware of him as who can trust Kujli mad dogs.
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    1. PCKULKARNI
      May 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm
      These so called thugs inflicted humiliating 67 to3 defeat to BJP
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        mohan
        May 14, 2016 at 11:11 am
        The Aap MLA's are unique in their cl as is their eccentric leader who does nothing but is always on a spree to defame and insult the PM of the country and other important leaders.Now facing defamation charge he approached the SC to declare defamation law ultra vires .The SC has declined his request and turned down his peion.Kejriwal is a law in itself .To make safe and secure his postion ,he has bribed his MLA'S by makin g them Parliamentry Secretaries.The EC is serious to tackle this malaise andKejriwal to wriggle out.The EC should decide the issue so that Kejri is put in its proper place.
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          Lovely
          May 14, 2016 at 9:14 am
          Only AK Tuqalac has powers.
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            Manohar Lal
            May 14, 2016 at 11:35 am
            EC must disqualify all the 21 MLAs who have been made Parliamentary Secretaries.
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