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EC notice to 27 AAP MLAs on new plea over office of profit

india Updated: Nov 02, 2016 15:10 IST
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The list includes Delhi assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel, his deputy Rakhi Birla, former deputy speaker Bandana Kumari and estranged AAP MLA and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Pankaj Pushkar.(HT Photo)

The Election Commission on Wednesday issued show cause notice to 27 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs on a fresh petition seeking their disqualification for allegedly holding office of profit.

The 27 MLAs include seven legislators against whom the EC is already considering a similar plea.

The list includes Delhi assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel, his deputy Rakhi Birla, former deputy speaker Bandana Kumari and estranged AAP MLA and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Pankaj Pushkar.

Election Commission sources confirmed the news. The MLAs have to respond by November 11.

The new petition claims that many of these MLAs hold posts of chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKSs) of different government hospitals in Delhi.

Sources in the Delhi government said Rogi Kalyan Samitis were set up by the Sheila Dikshit Cabinet on October 5, 2009 and the complaint holds no value.

In July 2014, the then Union health minister Harsh Vardhan had in the Parliament said that MPs/ MLAs shall be the chairpersons of the committee.

The National Rural Health Mission website states that an MP/ MLA can become a chairman/member, the Delhi government sources said.