AAP MLAs want to cross examine Delhi officials

NEW DELHI: The 20 AAP MLAs, towards whom the Election Commission on Thursday resumed disqualification hearing, have demanded cross-examination of Delhi executive and state assembly officers to end up that their appointment as parliamentary secretaries does now not come under the ambit of office-of-profit.
The EC on Thursday resumed hearing in the case after the Delhi High Court put aside their disqualification for allegedly retaining office-of-profit.

The poll panel's choice to renew hearing got here after the high court docket had termed the EC recommendation as "vitiated" and "bad in law" and directed the fee to listen to the issue afresh.

In an application filed sooner than the fee during the hearing, the MLAs stated they would like to pass examine secretary of the Delhi legislative assembly, and officers of the legislation and accounts departments of the Delhi executive to make sure whether they derived any "profit" from their work, used authentic automobiles and office space in conduct in their tasks.

They additionally demanded pass examination of Prashant Patel, the complainant.

The officers had filed documents sooner than the EC on the factor of office of profit.

"I have opposed the plea. The Delhi High Court had said the hearing should purely be on the issue of office-of-profit. It is not a civil court where cross examinations take place," Patel later stated.

He claimed that the EC, too, was now not in favour of pass examination.

Arguments would continue on May 21.

The high court docket had stated that with the poll body's opinion and the following notification being put aside, the court cases sooner than the fee would continue from the level the mistake and lapse occurred.

The legislators, who were appointed parliamentary secretaries, had challenged their disqualification on the ground of retaining office-of-profit.

The MLAs had alleged that the fee had now not given a hearing to their pleas since March final yr. The poll panel had maintained that two alternatives got to document written submissions.

They were accused of retaining office-of-profit as they were appointed parliamentary secretaries to ministers in the Delhi executive in March 2015.

This was soon when they were elected to the assembly. In September 2016, the high court docket had ruled towards their appointment as parliamentary secretaries after hearing their pleas every day.

The fee had on January 19 recommended the disqualification of the AAP MLAs -- Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gahlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal and Shiv Charan Goyal.

The others were Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

President Ram Nath Kovind had authorised the fee's opinion tomorrow.
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