Office of profit case: Shiv Sena raises doubts over EC's recommendation

MLA disqualification Joti’s gift to Modi AAP

Citing an appointment notice, Singh further explained that parliamentary secretaries were not entitled to any remuneration or perks of any kind from the Delhi Government. "Vested interets must have prolonged the decisionmaking process, seeking adjournment", Kashyap told Mirror He recalled how in 2006 when the office of profit issue came up, a bill was brought in to amend several offices to exempt leaders such as then Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and then Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

On Friday, the poll panel recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs or lawmakers for holding offices of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries, triggering calls for resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

One of the MLAs, Jarnail Singh, had resigned a year ago to contest the Punjab Assembly election, after which proceedings against him were dropped.

The AAP chief went on to say that even God will come to assist a person who does not work for themselves, but for the development of the society and the world at large.

The 21 MLAs were given rooms in the Delhi Assembly for their offices. "They are taking revenge from people of Delhi, the government and chief minister of Delhi", he said.

The PWD said the Assembly secretariat had on June 16, 2015 "conveyed approval of ₹13,26,300 for this purpose".

The 11 parliamentary secretaries in Chhattisgarh include Labhchand Bafna, Motiram Chandrawanshi, Shivshankar Paikra, Ambesh Jangde, Lakhan Lal Dewangan, Tokhan Lal Sahu, Suniti Rathia, Champa Devi Pawle, Raju Khatriya, Govardhan Singh Manjhi and Rupkumari Chaudhry. The reply said the PWD had renovations done and the water and electricity bills were paid by the ACL department.

Article 191 of the Constitution has not defined what is an "office of profit" which has paved the way to the Courts to lay down the law.

"A K Joti was the principal secretary under (the then Gujarat Chief Minister) Narendra Modi and then the chief secretary of Gujarat. We were not given a chance by the ECI to reply", said Mr. Shastri. The court agreed to hear the petition but had to put off the hearing to Monday after the Election Commission's lawyer could not confirm if the panel had sent its recommendation to the President.

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