AAP MLAs get relief in “Office of Profit” case

KalingaTV News Network

New Delhi: In a major relief for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its convenor Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi High Court on Friday set aside the Centre’s notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs in the office-of-profit case.

The bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar remanded the plea of AAP MLAs back to the Election Commission (EC) which will hear it afresh.

Terming the EC’s recommendation on disqualification as vitiated, the bench said, there was a violation of natural justice and no oral hearing was given to the MLAs before disqualifying them as legislators of the Delhi Assembly.

On January 19 this year , the EC had recommended that the AAP MLAs be disqualified for holding offices of profit as they had been appointed parliamentary secretaries to ministers in the Delhi government in March 2015. Two days later, President Ram Nath Kovind had approved the disqualification.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal welcomed the court order saying “it is a victory of truth”.

 

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