Election Commission of India breaks its silence on AAP MLAs’ disqualification case

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Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Friday said that the Delhi High Court’s order setting aside the Election Commission of India’s recommendations to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs was not a setback.Rawat said, “The Election Commission will study the order of the honourable high court before commenting on this further. The Election Commission takes its decisions based on the right references. But they are always open to judicial scrutiny. We obey whatever the courts direct us after their scrutiny.”

Rawat was speaking to news channel Aaj Tak.

This came just hours after the High Court quashed the Presidential order revoking the membership of 20 AAP MLAs while directing the poll panel to hear their case again.

Reacting to the development, Delhi Chief Ministet Arvind Kejriwal had termed the verdict a victory for the people of the National Capital.

MLAs, who were impacted by the Presidential order following EC recommendations are Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Anil Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh), Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura), Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Rajesh Rishi Janakpuri), Sanjeev Jha (Burari), Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar), Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar), Sharad Kumar (Narela), Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar), Sukhbir Singh (Mundka), Vijendar Garg (Rajinder Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).

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