Office of profit case: AAP says EC notice being ‘misinterpreted’, likely to challenge order

BJP leader and spokesperson Sambit Patra reacted to the order and wrote on Twitter, "So finally the noose tightens around corrupt AAP. EC's verdict that the 21 AAP MLAs did occupy office of profit."

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2017 6:45 pm
AAP MLAs holding office of profit, AAP MLA Election commission notice, Election commission and AAP MLAs, EC against AAP MLAs, EC investigation into AAP MLAs, latest news, India news, National news, The EC order dated June 23, maintained that the commission was of the “considered opinion” that the AAP MLAs did hold “de facto the office of parliamentary secretaries from March 13, 2015 to September 8, 2016”.

On Saturday morning, AAP received the Election Commission notice that ruled that they would continue hearing the plea against the party’s 21 MLAs for allegedly holding an office of profit. In reaction, the BJP maintained that the EC “did occupy office of profit”, AAP responded by saying that the EC notice was being “misinterpreted” and that they were likely to “challenge this order”. Also Read: EC issues order against 21 AAP MLAs

The EC order dated June 23, maintained that the commission was of the “considered opinion” that the AAP MLAs did hold “de facto the office of parliamentary secretaries from March 13, 2015 to September 8, 2016”. The order comes days before Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi demits office in July. The petition was filed against 21 AAP MLAs, although proceedings were dropped against Jarnail Singh, who resigned as the Rajouri Garden MLA to contest Assembly polls in Punjab.

BJP leader and spokesperson Sambit Patra reacted to the order and wrote on Twitter, “So finally the noose tightens around corrupt AAP. EC’s verdict that the 21 AAP MLAs did occupy office of profit.” Last week, leader of opposition in the Delhi Assembly and BJP leader Vijender Gupta had demanded that the EC take action in the case against.

But AAP claimed that the BJP’s claim ammounted to ‘misinterpretation’. AAP MLA and party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “Election Commission’s recent order should not be misinterpreted. High Court of Delhi had declared very Order of appointment of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries as null and void.Therefore there is no question of hearing a petition for OFFICE which never existed as per Delhi High Court. However, Election Commission has ordered that it will still hear the petition. All remedies are available to challenge this order of EC. We respect the orders of Hon’ble High Court as well as Hon’ble Election Commission.”

Earlier, the Delhi HC had set aside the appointment of the MLAs as parliamentary secretaries, maintaining that the order appointing them was given without the concurrence of the Lieutenant Governor.

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    Sushanta
    Jun 25, 2017 at 10:09 am
    I tender unconditional apologies on behalf of the state of Odisha that we own a case called Sambit. But believe me, not all people are like him over here, you will find a lot of reasonable people back here. Please bear him for a few more years, as he is unrelenting and appears to operate on an open loop control system which does not respect feedback.
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      Paul Almirah
      Jun 25, 2017 at 3:59 am
      For an average Delhi resident, every single day these jokers hold their offices is another day lost and money thrown down the drain.
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        Indianbaba
        Jun 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm
        This guy, Arvind, is becoming a big nuisance. He has not accomplished anything substantial so far and must be removed as soon as possible.
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          indian
          Jun 24, 2017 at 7:50 pm
          Waiting for AAP to say EC is B-team of BJP.
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            Rabi Mishra
            Jun 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm
            Mr Bharadwaj, why not appoint Jethmalani again to fight your case without fees? Or may be Gopal Subramanium can fight for you. The bunch of thugs who are in AAP have all but finished the Party with their twisted minds. By the way, Mr Bharadwaj, how many have registered so far for your proposed EVM hackathon?
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              indian
              Jun 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm
              Without fees? They'll make the taxpayer pay. .. just like they are making the taxpayer pay for what Kejriwal called a "personal case"
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                P.C.Kulkarni
                Jun 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm
                Your hero Sambit Patra was telling at the time of 2015 elections that one need not take AAP seriously and they got 67 seats out of 70
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                Paul Almirah
                Jun 24, 2017 at 7:08 pm
                It's time we switched off any news about what these AAP fools are doing. Except some people who need medical help, nobody else cares for them.
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                  P.C.Kulkarni
                  Jun 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm
                  AAP has done excellent work in education and healthcare fields. No doubt education and bhakts are poles apart.
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                    Indianbaba
                    Jun 25, 2017 at 12:23 am
                    Yes, agreed. Excellent job st swindling public money. This joker and my fellow IITian is just a step away from going to jail.
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                  Kishor Bhatt
                  Jun 24, 2017 at 5:38 pm
                  Dears, why does one make a political party or joins it! just to get profit only, they have nothing to do with public's problems or patriotism. It is a very very lucrative profession.
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                    Bir Chand
                    Jun 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm
                    It is one of the hobby of Manish Sisodia ( read Delhi Government) to challenge each and every order in the Courts and Tribunals. If they so want they are at liberty to do so but they should defend the issue at their personal cost and not at tax payers money.
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