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New Delhi: Delhi’s AAP government on Tuesday accused Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung of unleashing an “Emergency-like situation” after its Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested amid high drama over an alleged fake degree.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told the media that vested interests were ganging up against AAP government because of its anti-corruption campaign but vowed that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won’t be cowed down.

Sisodia said although the issue of Tomar’s alleged fake degree was in the court, about 40 police personnel swooped on Tomar’s office and took him away as if he was a fugitive.

Delhi Police does not report to the AAP government but to the Lt. Governor and the union home ministry.

“The police told Tomar they had come to see some documents… They asked him to accompany them to his house. On the way they told his driver to get off and took charge of his vehicle and told him he was being detained.

“They told Tomar that he could ask someone to bring the documents to the police station…

“What is going on?” asked a livid Sisodia. “Was he (Tomar) running away? Did he explode bombs in Delhi? There is an allegation (against him). The matter is in the court. What was the need to arrest him?”

Sisodia added: “There is something wrong… This arrest is illegal. There is an Emergency-like situation. This is supposed to be a democracy… Maybe it is an attempt to teach the AAP a lesson (for what we are doing).”

(With inputs from IANS)

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

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These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

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The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)

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