New Delhi: In a major setback to the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, the Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside the appointment of 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.
According to the court, since Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's approval was not taken for the appointments, hence in light of the High Court judgement pertaining to the Lt Governor's powers, the appointments of these Parliament secretaries were illegal.
Appointment of 21 AAP MLAs as Parliamentary secretaries
AAP had appointed 21 parliamentary secretaries to assist the Delhi government ministers.
Kejriwal government had sought an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997.
In June, President Pranab Mukherjee had refused to sign the Delhi government's bill that allowed the lawmakers to hold a second paying position as parliamentary secretary, leaving their fate uncertain.