President Kovind stamps disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday finally gave green signal to the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi after Election Commission found them guilty of holding Office of Profit.
The news was confirmed by official spokesperson of the President House on Sunday.
The names of the 20 disqualified MLAs of AAP are here:
1. Praveen Kumar 2. Sharad Kumar 3. Adarsh Shastri 4. Madan Lal 5. Charan Goyal 6. Sarita Singh 7. Naresh Yadav 8. Jarnail Singh 9. Rajesh Gupta 10. Alka Lamba 11. Nitin Tyagi 12. Sanjiv Jha 13. Kailash Gehlot 14. Vijendra Garg 15. Rajesh Rishi 16. Anil Kumar Bajpai 17. Som Dutt 18. Sukhbir Singh Dalal 19. Manoj Kumar 20. Avtar Singh.
Earlier on Friday, the Delhi High Court had refused to grant interim relief to AAP MLAs against the Election Commission’s recommendation for their disqualification on grounds of holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.
Justice Rekha Palli had declined immediate relief to six AAP MLAs, who had approached the court against the disqualification, after the advocate appearing for the Election Commission (EC) told the court that there is no information on whether the EC has sent any such recommendation to the President.
The court said it can't pass an order till it is clear whether the EC has taken any decision and asked the Commission to respond by Monday on whether a decision on disqualification of the AAP MLAs has been taken.
During the hearing, the court questioned the conduct of the MLAs and said they appeared before the poll panel taking shield of the fact that their pleas were pending in the High Court.
“The counsel of Election Commission is not able to get instruction whether the Commission has already given its final opinion and whether it has been communicated to the President. At this stage the court is not inclined to pass any (interim) order,” the bench said.
Earlier in the day on Friday, the EC recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit.
The petition before the EC was filed by one Prashant Patel seeking disqualification of 21 MLAs, including Jarnail Singh, who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries by the AAP government in Delhi.
The proceedings against Jarnail Singh were dropped after he resigned as the Rajouri Garden MLA to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year.
Under the Constitution, the President is bound to act in accordance with the poll panel’s recommendation.