AAP MLAs withdraw plea seeking stay on Election Commission's recommendation for their disqualification

AAP`s question came after Delhi Police detained its Deoli MLA Prakash Jarwal in connection with an alleged altercation between him and Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 22, 2018, 11.36 AM (IST)

20 AAP MLAs, who were disqualified as Delhi Assembly MLAs, have withdrawn their plea from Delhi high court seeking a stay on Election Commission's recommendation for their disqualification.

AAP MLAs' counsel said that their plea has become infructuous as the President has accepted EC's recommendation and a notification disqualifying them has been issued. However, counsel told the Delhi high court that he will file an appeal after examining President's order disqualifying 20 MLAs in office of profit case.

The AAP MLAs withdrew their pleas a day after the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind, approved the disqualification of the MLAs following EC's recommendation.    

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The Election Commission had recommended their disqualification for holding the post of parliamentary secretaries between March 2015 and September 2016, considered as holding an office of profit.

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Although the Arvind Kejriwal party has decided to take recourse to legal action, it has also asked its disqualified members to be prepared to face legal and electoral action.

The disqualified MLAs include Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar and Nitin Tyagi.