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  1. AAP MLAs disqualification: Ram Nath Kovind approves EC’s recommendation; here is full list of sacked legislators

AAP MLAs disqualification: Ram Nath Kovind approves EC’s recommendation; here is full list of sacked legislators

In a big setback for Arvind Kejriwal, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved Election Commission's recommendation of disqualifying 20 Aam Aami Party MLAs who were found guilty of 'office of profit'.

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 21, 2018 4:01 PM
Alka Lamba from Chandni Chowk. (PTI)

In a big setback for Arvind Kejriwal, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved Election Commission’s recommendation of disqualifying 20 Aam Aami Party MLAs who were found guilty of ‘office of profit’. The commission on Friday had written to the President for his approval. The 20 AAP legislators were accused of being unconstitutionally appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various ministers of the Delhi government.

Initially, the case was against 21 MLAs but later after Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh resigned to contest against Parkash Singh Badal in Punjab assembly elections, it was reduced to 20. The term ‘Office of Profit’ as per the Constitution bars Members of Parliament and MLAs from accepting government positions which carry some financial remuneration or any other benefit such as office space or even a car. Any violation of this provision will result in the disqualification of the legislator. The aim of this provision is to preserve the independence of the legislatures by keeping its members away from any temptations from the executive.

These are the 20 AAP MLAs the Election Commission has found guilty of ‘office of profit’:

1. Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli)
2. Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar)
3. Praveen Kumar (Jangpura)
4. Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar)
5. Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka)
6. Sanjeev Jha (Burari)
7. Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar)
8. Sukhvir Singh (Mundka)
9. Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar)
10. Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar)
11. Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk)
12. Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri)
13. Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar)
14. Manoj Kumar (Kondli)
15. Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh)
16. Avtar Singh (Kalkaji)
17. Vijendar Garg Vijay (Rajinder Nagar)
18. Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur)
19. Sharad Kumar (Narela)
20. Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar)

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    Colonel Shiv Choudhary
    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm
    it was like ex CJI who gave a bad decision against common admission test for MBBS entrance on his last day in office. Mr AK Joti too dismissed 20 MLAs just before his retirement. HE, the President was in more hurry to approve EC's decision.
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    1. Leopold Kanappilly
      Jan 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm
      " MODI IS BYPASSING EVERYTHING, TO ACHIEVE ABSOLUTE POWER ON INDIA ." It has to go through court proceedings, and let the court decide, not the President to decide ?
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      1. GN Murthy
        Jan 21, 2018 at 6:26 pm
        very good.
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        1. Landing Tcedirect
          Jan 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm
          What good! Law was used forgetting the spirit and interpreting the letter to one's bipartisan intent. Reverberating the typical tribal / slave mentality. If zero Rs office is so profitable then every failed businessman should be perpetually smiling ... You can't get it ! -- This simple obvious truth.
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