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OFFICE OF PROFIT CASE

EC rejects AAP plea

25 Jun 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission (EC) in its order today observed that disqualification case against Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) 20 members of the Delhi Assembly for allegedly holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretary stands despite the Delhi High Court quashing the said appointments.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24

The Election Commission (EC) in its order today observed that disqualification case against Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) 20 members of the Delhi Assembly for allegedly holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretary stands despite the Delhi High Court quashing the said appointments.

The office of profit petition was filed against 21 AAP MLAs. Later, proceedings were dropped against Jarnail Singh after he resigned as the Rajouri Garden MLA to contest assembly polls in Punjab.

In its order, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the poll panel said, the commission was of the “considered opinion” that the AAP MLAs did hold “de facto the office of Parliamentary Secretaries from March 13, 2015 to September 8, 2016”.

Incidentally, the order has come days before Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi demits office, which is due in July. Election Commissioner O P Rawat, who refused himself from the case after AAP’s national convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had questioned his impartiality, has not signed on the order.

The petitioner, Prashant Patel, maintained that the high court order should have no bearing on the case being heard by the EC as the MLAs were enjoying the fruits of that office till their appointment was set aside by the high court.

On September 8, the high court had set aside the appointment of the 21 AAP MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries. The court had said the order to appoint them as parliamentary secretaries was given without the concurrence of the Lieutenant Governor.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal had set aside the March 13, 2015 government order after the counsel appearing for the Lt Government “conceded” that it was issued without taking concurrence or views of the LG.

The poll panel had heard the case on December 16 last before it got busy with the assembly elections in five states. On March 27, the commission had reserved its order on the issue.

In its order today, the Commission said, for further hearing in the case it “will intimate next date to all the parties concerned in due course”.

Maken seeks AAP MLAs’ resignation

Maken seeks AAP MLAs’ resignation

25 Jun 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken has demanded the resignation of all 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs who were illegally appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Complete Rani Jhansi flyover project by Oct-end, LG tells officials

25 Jun 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI: Lt Governor Anil Baijal today inspected the under-construction Rani Jhansi grade separator, an ambitious flyover project in North Delhi, and directed officials to complete the project work by October.

Two killed as car runs over pavement dwellers

Two killed as car runs over pavement dwellers

25 Jun 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI: In yet another case of negligent driving, two pavement dwellers were killed and two were injured when they were run over by a car at Kashmere Gate today. The victims are yet to be identified, said a police official.

Two held, 65 stolen mobile phones recovered

25 Jun 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI: The Sangam Vihar police yesterday arrested two persons and recovered 65 stolen mobile phones, along with instruments used to change International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of the stolen phones, break phone lock and to flash Google accounts, from their possession, a police official said here today.

Government school gets astro turf

25 Jun 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI: In a first in the city, a government school has got an international-level hockey astro turf which has been constructed within 12 months and at a cost Rs 3 crore less than the estimated budget.

DU announces first cut-off list

25 Jun 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI: Delhi University (DU) has announced its first cut-off list for the academic year 2017-18 for merit-based undergraduate courses, with many registering a in cut-offs across colleges.

Tackling dengue menace

Hospitals asked to raise bed capacity

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:The government today issued instructions to the state-run and private hospitals and nursing homes to increase their bed capacity by up to 20 per cent for the next six months to deal with the possible outbreak of dengue and chikungunya.

CM seeks meeting with LG to discuss law and order

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:Arvind Kejriwal has sought an appointment with the Lt Governor to discuss the law and order situation in his constituency of New Delhi.

Uphaar cinema tragedy

AVUT urges LG to reject mercy plea of Gopal Ansal

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:Family members of the 1997 Uphaar cinema tragedy victims today met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and requested him to recommend rejection of the plea filed by real estate baron Gopal Ansal for waiver of one-year jail term awarded to him in the case.

Now get trade licences online in East Delhi

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:Business owners in East Delhi can now get their trade licences issued online as the area's civic body today launched a facility for the same.

BSF takes out awareness rally against drug abuse

BSF takes out awareness rally against drug abuse

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:To observe International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falling on June 23, the Border Security Force (BSF) has organised a cycle rally at India Gate Lawn today.

Hotelier held for selling holiday tour dreams

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Police has arrested the fugitive director of Sunstar Club and Goodluck Hotels Private Limited from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, for cheating thousands of people on pretext of providing luxurious holiday tour packages in five star hotels.

Upset over marriage refusal, woman bobbitises boyfriend

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:A 23-year-old woman allegedly chopped off the genitals of her boyfriend here after he refused to marry her.

Biker killed, wife, kids injured in truck accident

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:A 30-year-old man died while his wife and two children were injured after their motorcycle was hit by a truck while they were returning home.

One held with heroin worth Rs 20 crore

24 Jun 2017 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:With the arrest of an accused, the Special Cell said it has busted an interstate drug syndicate.

Slums to be open-defecation free by March, says Kejriwal

23 Jun 2017 | 12:36 AM

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today reaffirmed that all slum clusters in the city will be made open defecation-free by March next year, even as his cabinet minister Satyendar Jain promised to provide pucca houses to slum dwellers by 2022.

LG okays PWD proposals; plan to decongest Najafgarh approved

23 Jun 2017 | 12:36 AM

NEW DELHI: Lt. Governor Anil Baijal approved the PWD proposals on constructing an underground tunnel below ITPO (Pragati Maidan), signal-free corridor from Modi Mill flyover to IIT Delhi, extension of Ashram flyover, among a number of major projects.

Man chops off 3-yr old daughter’s ears, claims seeing ‘ghost’

23 Jun 2017 | 12:36 AM

NEW DELHI: A 35-year-old man allegedly chopped off the ears of his three-year-old daughter in the wee hours today as he was having hallucinations about a "ghost" taking away his daughter, a police official said.

German files rape case against husband

23 Jun 2017 | 12:36 AM

NEW DELHI: A 44-year-old German woman has approached the police alleging that she was raped by her 24-year-old Punjab-based husband and father-in-law, said a police official today.

Kisan Jagriti Yatra flagged off

23 Jun 2017 | 12:36 AM

NEW DELHI: BJP in charge Shyam Jaju today flagged off Kisan Jagriti Yatra from party state office here. The yatra has been launched to create awareness among farmers about various schemes launched by the Union Government for their welfare.

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