Published On: Wed, Nov 9th, 2016

Delhi Assembly Speaker rejects allegations of holding office of profit

New Delhi: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, who was issued a notice by the Election Commission for allegedly holding an office of profit, today rejected the allegations, saying he had never been a member or chairperson of Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKSs).

AAP MLA Ram Niwas Goel on Monday was unanimously elected Speaker of the Delhi Assembly.

Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel today rejected the allegations of holding office of profit.

Goel along with 26 other AAP MLAs had been issued a notice by the EC following a complaint which alleged that the MLAs held posts of chairpersons of RKSs of different government hospitals in Delhi without any sanctity of law and it sought their disqualification.

“My name figures at serial number 10 in the list given in original complaint and a further affidavit by the complainant.

The fact, however, is that I have never been and nor am I at present either a chairperson or a member of any of the RKSs,” Goel told reporters.

He said the Election Commission of India (ECI) notice was received by him on November 2 and he was asked to give his written statement by November 11.

Accusing the ECI of working under “pressure”, Goel claimed that it was quasi judicial body but the way it treated the “frivolous” complaint and allowed the complainant to file an affidavit was “against the constitutional dignity”.

“ECI is a constitutional body and I also hold a constitutional post. I’m undecided whether to reply to the notice served to me or not,” he said.

Goel also expressed anguish that the complaint by advocate Vibhor Anand was marked to ECI by the President without any inquiry.

“The President holds the highest constitutional post. I will not comment on it but he marked the complaint to the EC without any inquiry,” he said.

The complaint was submitted at the President’s office on June 21. After four months, the ECI, to which it was marked, asked the complainant in writing on August 24 to file an affidavit which he did two days later.

“The ECI did not try to verify the names in the list given by the complainant nor it verified whether the MLAs served as chairpersons of the RKSs. It is not known on which ground the complaint was accepted by it,” he said.

Asserting that the office of profit charge against the MLAs will not stand “judicial scrutiny”, he said the others held the post of chairpersons of RKSs without violating any rules.

According to the The NCT of Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly Act, 1997, amended as per a government notification of September 2006, the post of chairpersons, vice chairpersons and members of RKSs are not office of profit, he said.

“I’m asking the ECI to look into legality of the complaint and its notice and work without pressure and cancel it because it will not stand judicial scrutiny,” he added.ew Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, who was issued a notice by the Election Commission for allegedly holding an office of profit, today rejected the allegations, saying he had never been a member or chairperson of Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKSs).

Goel along with 26 other AAP MLAs had been issued a notice by the EC following a complaint which alleged that the MLAs held posts of chairpersons of RKSs of different government hospitals in Delhi without any sanctity of law and it sought their disqualification.

“My name figures at serial number 10 in the list given in original complaint and a further affidavit by the complainant.

The fact, however, is that I have never been and nor am I at present either a chairperson or a member of any of the RKSs,” Goel told reporters.

He said the Election Commission of India (ECI) notice was received by him on November 2 and he was asked to give his written statement by November 11.

Accusing the ECI of working under “pressure”, Goel claimed that it was quasi judicial body but the way it treated the “frivolous” complaint and allowed the complainant to file an affidavit was “against the constitutional dignity”.

“ECI is a constitutional body and I also hold a constitutional post. I’m undecided whether to reply to the notice served to me or not,” he said.

Goel also expressed anguish that the complaint by advocate Vibhor Anand was marked to ECI by the President without any inquiry.

“The President holds the highest constitutional post. I will not comment on it but he marked the complaint to the EC without any inquiry,” he said.

The complaint was submitted at the President’s office on June 21. After four months, the ECI, to which it was marked, asked the complainant in writing on August 24 to file an affidavit which he did two days later.

“The ECI did not try to verify the names in the list given by the complainant nor it verified whether the MLAs served as chairpersons of the RKSs. It is not known on which ground the complaint was accepted by it,” he said.

Asserting that the office of profit charge against the MLAs will not stand “judicial scrutiny”, he said the others held the post of chairpersons of RKSs without violating any rules.

According to the The NCT of Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly Act, 1997, amended as per a government notification of September 2006, the post of chairpersons, vice chairpersons and members of RKSs are not office of profit, he said.

“I’m asking the ECI to look into legality of the complaint and its notice and work without pressure and cancel it because it will not stand judicial scrutiny,” he added.

PTI

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