President of India Ram Nath Kovind accepted Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify the 20 MLA’s of AAP for holding office of profit.
20 MLA’s of AAP disqualified for holding office of profit.A notification issued by the Law of Ministry quoted the president’s saying, “In the light of the opinion expressed by the Election Commission (EC), the 20 MLA’s of the Delhi legislative assembly have been disqualified.”
What is office of Profit?
Office of profit has no specific definition, but different court has referred it to ‘position and certain duties’
Office of Profit is a position in the government; this position cannot be held by MLA or MP. The person holding this post can get salary, perks and other benefits.
MLA or an MP should not hold office of profit as it can be used to gain financial benefits. Representation of People Act says, holding an office of profit is grounds for disqualification.
On 20 MLA’s disqualification, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday “They (BJP-led Centre) have victimized us by imposing fake cases on our MLAs. They conducted CBI raids on me and didn’t get anything and today they declared 20 of our MLAs disqualified,”
As per the latest news updates Disqualified 20 MLA’s of AAP withdraw plea in Delhi High Court and file a fresh petition for taking away their seats in the assembly as the pleas are pointless after president’s approval on the disqualification. The court too allowed withdrawing the plea stating as “dismissed as withdrawn”.
The Delhi high court will hear the main petition on 20th March.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “We are hopeful that the judiciary will scrutinize the biased order. In the past, in states such as Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the judiciary has struck down biased orders of the EC, which went against the natural principles of justice.”
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