A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in Rajasthan High Court seeking withdrawal of salary, benefits and other allowances given to the Rajasthan MLAs who have been staying in different hotels since Congress leader Sachin Pilot declared a rebellion against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, nearly three weeks ago.
The petition has been filed by Vivek Singh Jadaun. Jadaun has asked the Rajasthan High Court through his petition to withdraw salary, monthly allowances, and other benefits given to the MLAs of Rajasthan who have been staying in hotels from the past few weeks.
While speaking with India Today TV, Gajendra Singh Rathore, the lawyer of Vivek Singh Jadaun, who filed the petition, said that the petition has been filed as the MLAs, elected to serve the people of the state, have been staying in hotels. It says that the MLAs, staying in hotels with no connection with the public, are not discharging their duties as per their oath.
The petition mentions, “It is the duty of the public representative to serve the public. Rajasthan Legislative Assembly is not in session. MLAs are staying in the hotels having no connection with the public in their constituencies & are not discharging their duty as per their oath/affirmation to discharge duty as elected members of the legislative assembly. Further, no other responsible person is there to discharge duty in the absence of them. Therefore they should not be given any salary, allowance & other benefit or any kind of allowances.”
The petition makes mention of Fairmont Hotel where MLAs loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot stayed for about two weeks. Although the Congress MLAs belonging to the Ashok Gehlot camp have been shifted to another hotel in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, Vivek Singh Jadaun, while speaking with India Today TV, said the petition will not be changed as its main purpose is to bring to light that the MLAs who are supposed to work for the people have been staying in hotels.
The petition has been filed before the Double Bench of Rajasthan High Court and is likely to come up for hearing on Tuesday, August 4.