1. Office of profit: Law student moves EC seeking AAP MLAs’ disqualification

Office of profit: Law student moves EC seeking AAP MLAs’ disqualification

A law student has filed a fresh application with the Election Commission seeking cancellation of membership of 27 AAP MLAs over the office of profit issue. Vibhor Anand, the complainant, has claimed that these MLAs hold posts of Chairpersons of the Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKSs) of different government hospitals in Delhi without any sanctity of law.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 21, 2016 11:57 AM
Arvind Kejriwal A law student has filed a fresh application with the Election Commission seeking cancellation of membership of 27 AAP MLAs over the office of profit issue. (Reuters)

A law student has filed a fresh application with the Election Commission seeking cancellation of membership of 27 AAP MLAs over the office of profit issue.

The 27 MLAs include seven legislators against whom the EC is already considering a similar plea. The list also includes Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, his deputy Rakhi Birla, former deputy speaker Bandana Kumari and estranged AAP MLA and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Pankaj Pushkar.

Vibhor Anand, the complainant, has claimed that these MLAs hold posts of Chairpersons of the Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKSs) of different government hospitals in Delhi without any sanctity of law.

“The Delhi government in 2009 through its executive/ standing orders approved constituting Rogi Kalyan Samitis in all the hospitals with governing body under the chairmanship of local MLA in violating the mandate of scheme.

“The order of appointing MLAs either by the present Government or by the earlier Government, as chairperson of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti is wholly illegal and void ab initio, without any legal sanctity,” the complaint said.

Responding to the complaint, a Delhi government spokesperson said Rogi Kalyan Samitis were set up by the Sheila Dikshit Cabinet on October 5, 2009. “These replaced old committees and this complaint appears to be frivolous,” the spokesman said.

The EC said the complaint should be made to the President who, in turn, will send it to the Commission.

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