New Delhi: In a major blow to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside an order of the Kejriwal government to appoint 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.

The party had appointed the MLAs as parliamentary secretaries on March 13, 2015.

Defending its decision in the High Court, AAP had said the move doesn’t amount to creating a “public office”.

“The provision of parliamentary secretary is merely to assist the minister in connection with the public and the rest of the assembly and ensuring a harmonious functioning,” it had said in an affidavit.

A PIL filed by an NGO had sought scrapping of the appointments of the MLAs, saying that it was  unconstitutional and illegal to appoint the MLAs like this.

In June, President Pranab Mukherjee had refused to sign a bill that allowed the 21 AAP MLAs to hold a second paying position as parliamentary secretary.


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