In a major embarrassment of the Aam Aadmi Party, the Delhi High Court on Thursday revoked the appointment of 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government.
The High Court in July deferred the hearing of a PIL challenging the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s decision to appoint 21 legislators as parliamentary secretaries.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal had posted the matter for September 8, after Kejriwal’s government said a plea will come up for hearing before the Election Commission on disqualification of these MLAs.
The Bench passed the order after the counsel appearing for Delhi government “conceded” that the March 13, 2015, order was issued without taking concurrence or views of Lieutenant Governor.
Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, who appeared for Delhi government, referred to the August 4 judgment passed by the High Court which had quashed several notifications issued by the AAP government on the ground that they were issued without taking concurrence of the L-G.
In June, President Pranab Mukherjee had refused to sign a Bill that allowed the 21 AAP MLAs to hold a second paying position as parliamentary secretary, leaving their fate hanging in balance.
On July 13, the Centre had opposed the appointment of 21 parliamentary secretaries by the Aam Aadmi Party government, saying the post neither finds place in the Constitution, nor does it find a place in the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act of 1997, except for the post of Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister.