Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator H S Phoolka quit as the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly to continue to appear in courts for 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.
The Delhi Bar Council had recently turned down Phoolka’s plea for permission to appear in 1984 riot victims’ cases, saying rules did not allow it as he held the post of a cabinet minister’s rank. The Leader of Opposition gets the salary and perks of around Rs 2 lakh a month.
“I have decided to quit as the leader of opposition in the Punjab assembly and I have conveyed my decision to the party high command,” he said.
The MLA from Dakha seat said he has recommended the names of AAP MLAs Sukhpal Khaira, Kanwar Sandhu and Aman Arora, in accordance to their seniority, to the party high command to elect the Leader of Opposition from among them in consultation with other party legislators.
The lawyer said he had suspended his practice after he was made Leader of Opposition, but he wanted to appear in the riot victims’ cases as he was not charging fees for this.
Last Wednesday, Mr Phoolka had tweeted, “Will not give up ’84 carnage cases. Asking Bar Council if by giving up minister status, I can appear in these cases.”
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