The Election Commission has reportedly called 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for hearing amidst controversy surrounding their appointments as parliamentary secretaries.
Quoting the EC sources, DNA reported that the hearing may happen soon.
The President has already rejected the amendment by the Delhi government to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997 prompting speculations that the MLAs in question may face disqualification.
A Delhi lawyer had sent a petition to the President’s office, after the state cabinet cleared the proposal keeping parliamentary secretaries out of the office-of-profit purview on 19 June.
Prashant Patel, based at Karkardooma Court, filed the plea asking the President to take action against the creation of 21 “unconstitutional” posts by the Delhi government.
The 21 AAP MLAs had filed their replies to the Election Commission in response to a show-cause notice, on why they should not be disqualified for occupying offices of profit in violation of the Constitution.
The Delhi government’s had appointed 21 AAP legislators as “parliamentary secretaries to ministers” last year. This decision had caused considerable controversy as the opposition criticised the move with both the BJP and the Congress had termed these appointments as grossly illegal.
Those whose membership could be in danger include are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, and Jarnail Singh.
As parliamentary secretaries, these MLAs are not entitled entitled to any additional salary, but they “may use government transport for official purposes and office space in the minister’s office will be provided to them to facilitate their work.”