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Why AAP govt kept sitting over DDCA file, asks Ajay Maken

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New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday sought to corner the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi over the alleged raid by Central Bureau Agency (CBI) in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office questioning why it kept sitting over the DDCA file related to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

“Why did AAP keep sitting over the alleged DDCA file related to Arun Jaitley for all this while? They have much explaining to do,” Congress leader Ajay Maken said in the Delhi Assembly.

Attacking Jaitley, Maken said that the Finance Minister must come clean on the issue as he was heading the DDCA when the alleged irregularities took place in the cricketing body.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the CBI seized documents that had “no relation” to the allegations being probed against Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted a raid on Tuesday.

“Docs seized from my office. No relation to allegations being probed. CBI kept reading DDCA file in my office. They wud hv seized it. But after my media briefing, they left it. Not clear if they took a copy,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

He also attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, asking why he was scared of a probe into the alleged irregularities at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

“FM lied in the Parliament yesterday…. Why is Jaitley ji so scared of DDCA probe? What is his role in DDCA scam?” he tweeted.

The CBI had searched the office of Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar in connection with a corruption case where the officer allegedly abused his position to award contracts to a particular firm.

(With inputs from agencies)

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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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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • 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.

ALSO READ: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

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.

ALSO READ: Can India achieve good governance without intra-party democracy?

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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