Setback for Election Commission as High Court sets aside its order disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

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Delhi High Court on Friday sets aside the ELection Commission of India’s recommendations to disqualify the 20 AAP MLAs in connection with the office of profit. The EC will have to hear their case all over again.

The High Court said that violation of oral hearing norms by the EC and failure to communicate that OP Rawat after recusing had rejoined proceedings were the reasons to quash the Jan 19 order, reported ANI.

Reacting to the development, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said that MLAs were not given a chance to put their point, “so now the court has given them a chance to do that.”

The MLAs had moved the High Court after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his approval to the EC’s recommendation on their disqualification for holding offices of profits.

AAP had won a historic landslide in February 2015 by securing 67 out of 70 assembly seats. It had appointed over two dozen of them as parliamentary secretaries. The party claimed that the post of parliamentary secretaries was unpaid and, therefore, they did not amount to office of profit.

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