Relief to AAP HC restores membership of 20 disqualified AAP MLAs


New Delhi: In a relief to the Aam Aadmi Party , the Delhi High Court on Friday set aside the Election Commission recommendation disqualifying 20 ruling party MLAs for holding office-of-profit as parliamentary secretaries.

A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar said that the Centre’s notification disqualifying the AAP MLAs was bad in law and remanded their plea back to the Election Commission which will hear it afresh. It said there was violation of natural justice and no oral hearing was given to the MLAs before disqualifying them as legislators of the Delhi Assembly.

“Opinion of Election Commission of India (given to the President of India) dated January 19, 2018, is vitiated and bad in law for failure to comply with principles of natural justice,” the court said.

Reacting to the judgment chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “It is a victory of truth.”



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