In its opinion sent to President Ram Nath Kovind, the Election Commission reportedly said that by becoming parliamentary secretaries, they held office of profit and were liable to be disqualified as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly.
What is Office of Profit case?
Here are 6 important points about this case:
1. The trouble for the AAP government mounted after then President Pranab Mukherjee refused to sign the city government’s dual office bill.
2. According to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991, Delhi can have one parliamentary secretary, attached to the office of Chief Minister.
3. However, CM Arvind Kejriwal, in March 2015, had passed an order to appoint 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries for “smooth functioning of the Delhi government”.
4. According to the complainant, these MLAs were chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis in various government hospitals and hold offices of influence.
5. It had even alleged that the appointment of the MLAs “amounts to holding office of profit because in the capacity of chairperson, these 27 legislators are in position of interfering in day-to-day administration of these hospitals.”
6. In the present case, the petition was made to disqualify 21 MLAs, but one had resigned a few months back