Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Friday questioned Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann over the morality of the continuation of Aman Arora within the Cabinet after his two-year conviction in a prison case.
“This is a serious matter involving non-compliance of the directions issued by the Supreme Court. Can I have a detailed report on the entire issue, ” the Governor wrote to the Chief Minister.
Citing a illustration that had been obtained concerning the conviction of Arora, the Governor wrote, “From the illustration, I perceive that on December 21, 2023, a courtroom of legislation convicted Aman Arora for 2 years and the conviction has not but been stayed by the competent increased courtroom.
“As per the judgement of the Supreme Court within the case of Lilly Thomos vs Union of India, MLAs stand divested of their membership if convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for a time period not lower than two years by a trial courtroom.
“The representation also raises question over national flag hoisting by Arora on January 26 and alleged that the act of entrusting a disqualified legislator with the symbolic representation of the nation on a day as momentous as Republic Day not only undermines the sanctity of the legal system, but also sends an unsettling message to the citizenry regarding the government’s commitment to ethical values.”
A courtroom in Sangrur has sentenced Arora to 2 years’ rigorous imprisonment in a household dispute case registered by his brother-in-law, Rajinder Deepa, in 2008. The courtroom additionally sentenced eight others, together with Arora’s 85-year-old mom, to 2 years’ in jail in addition to imposing a effective of Rs 5, 000 on the convicts.