File photo of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Delhi high court on Friday restored 20 AAP MLAs' membership setting aside Election Commission of India's recommendations to disqualify them in connection to the office of profit.
Following relief to MLAs, the Election Commission will re-hear the office of profit case, news agency ANI reports.
MLAs were not given a chance to put their point, so now the court has given them a chance to do that. The EC will hear their plea again: Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP on relief to AAP MLAs. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/WO7W12llyX— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2018
Earlier, the Election Commission had recommended to the President the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit.
Delhi High Court said violation of oral hearing norms by EC and failure to communicate that OP Rawat after recusing had rejoined proceedings were the reasons to quash the Jan 19 order.— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2018
The Election Commission while recommending their disqualification to the President had said by being parliamentary secretaries, they held office of profit and were liable to be disqualified as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly.
Following EC's recommendation, the president disqualified the MLAs.
The court has said that this case will be reopened. I had just raised a constitutional issue, there is no setback for me: Prashant Patel, petitioner in the 20 AAP MLAs disqualification case #Delhi pic.twitter.com/Ka5tLfGzL3— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2018
The petition was made to disqualify 21 MLAs, but one had resigned a few months back.