The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday issued showcause notices to 27 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs on a new petition forwarded by the President, seeking their disqualification for allegedly holding office of profit.
The 27 MLAs include seven legislators against whom the EC is already considering a similar plea for holding the office of parliamentary secretaries. The list also includes Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, his deputy Rakhi Birla, former deputy speaker Bandana Kumari and estranged AAP MLA Pankaj Pushkar.
The MLAs have been asked to file their response by November 11.
The petitioner has claimed that these MLAs hold posts of chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKSs) of different government hospitals in Delhi.
Sources in the Delhi government said Rogi Kalyan Samitis were set up by the Sheila Dikshit government on October 5, 2009 while claiming the complaint will “fall flat in due course of time”.