Friday, March 23, 2018

AAP MLA’s disqualification plea LIVE UPDATES: Delhi High Court quashes Presidential notification, asks EC to review its ‘office for profit’ order.Membership of 20 MLAs restored, Arvind Kejriwal calls it ‘victory of the people’

In what comes as a major relief for the Aam Aadmi Party, the Delhi High Court on Friday quashed the presidential notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs from the state legislative Assembly over them holding an office of profit. The High Court directed the Election Commission to hear the case again. The President, on the recommendation of the Election Commission, had disqualified the MLAs. Following today's order they now retain their status as MLAs. 20 AAP Lawmakers Get Court Relief, Arvind Kejriwal Says 'Truth Has Won'





The Delhi High Court on Friday quashed the Presidential notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs from the state legislative Assembly. The HC directed the Election Commission (EC) to hear the case again. The President, on recommendation from the EC, had disqualified the MLAs “for holding office of profit.”

A bench, comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar, was hearing a petition filed by all the 20 MLAs, who had challenged the order saying “there was no communication to us (AAP MLAs) from the Election Commission (EC) about the hearing before it. It is in complete violation of natural justice.” The MLAs retain their status in the House.


The petition filed by AAP had added: “It is also that even a temporary government employer cannot be removed on the grounds of misconduct without holding a full-fledged inquiry. However, in the present case, the members of the legislative assembly were removed without holding a full-fledged inquiry and without giving them an opportunity to explain if they ever held any office of profit.”

HC: EC must hear 20 AAP MLAs
AAP MLAs celebrate outside the Delhi High Court in New Delhi on Friday. The HC has asked the Election Commission to review its order on their disqualification from the Delhi legislative Assembly. (Express Photo/Abhinav Saha)

AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the HC’s order a victory for the people of Delhi. “Satya ki jeet hui. Delhi ke logon dwara chune huye pratinidhi ko galat tareeke se barkhaast kia gaya tha. Delhi HC ne Delhi ke logon ko nyaay diya. Delhi ke logon ki badi jeet. Delhi ke logon ko badhai (Truth has won. Elected representatives of Delhi were wrongly dismissed. Delhi High Court has given justice to the people of Delhi. This is a big victory for the people of Delhi and I congratulate them),” he tweeted.



सत्य की जीत हुई। दिल्ली के लोगों द्वारा चुने हुए प्रतिनिधियों को ग़लत तरीक़े से बर्खास्त किया गया था। दिल्ली हाई कोर्ट ने दिल्ली के लोगों को न्याय दिया। दिल्ली के लोगों की बड़ी जीत। दिल्ली के लोगों को बधाई। https://twitter.com/reportervikrant/status/977107869341495296 

HC: EC must hear 20 AAP MLAs

Reacting to the order, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “Now that disqualification has been struck down, we want that the MLAs come and join assembly proceedings today itself.”

President Ram Nath Kovind had ordered disqualification of the MLAs based on the recommendation of the Election Commission, which opined that they had “flouted the principles of natural justice”.

The office of profit case pertains to the appointment of the MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries in the Arvind Kejriwal cabinet. The appointment, however, was set aside by the Delhi High Court on September 8, 2016, on the basis that they were appointed without prior concurrence with the Delhi Lieutenant Governor


Follow AAP disqualification plea LIVE UPDATES Here:



  1. 3:54PM
    23 Mar, 18

  2. 3:34PM
    23 Mar, 18
    EC's decision to disqualify AAP MLAs was attempt to hijack mandate of people, says Ashutosh

    Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh said the decision of the EC to disqualify the MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit was an attempt to hijack the mandate of the people.
    “If the post of constitutional authority is occupied by pygmies then democracy won't be safe. The EC's decision was a serious attempt to dislodge a duly elected AAP government and an attempt to hijack the mandate of the people," he claimed.
    “The EC's decision was not only constitutionally invalid but it also exposes how low the constitutional authority can stoop,” Ashutosh alleged.
  3. 3:32PM
    23 Mar, 18
    Delhi Assembly speaker says he will allow the MLAs to attend House

    Delhi Assembly Speaker says he will allow the 20 AAP MLAs to attend the House in wake of the HC order.
  4. 3:30PM
    23 Mar, 18
    Manish Sisodia welcomes Delhi HC order

    Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia too welcomed the order as he joined the AAP legislators in thumping tables in the Delhi Assembly during its ongoing Budget session. The MLAs shouted "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" in the Assembly after the order.
  5. 3:25PM
    23 Mar, 18
    AAP MLAs celebrate outside the Delhi HC

    AAP MLAs celebrate outside the Delhi High Court in New Delhi on Friday. (Source: Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)
  6. 3:17PM
    23 Mar, 18
    'There is no setback for me'

    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. (Source: ANI photo)
  7. 3:15PM
    23 Mar, 18

    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 (Source: ANI photo)
  8. 3:12PM
    23 Mar, 18
    What is the office of profit case?

    The office of profit case pertains to the appointment of the MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries in the Arvind Kejriwal cabinet. The appointment, however, was set aside by the Delhi High Court on September 8, 2016, on the basis that they were appointed without prior concurrence with the Delhi Lieutenant Governor.
  9. 3:11PM
    23 Mar, 18
    we want the MLAs to join assembly proceedings today itself, says Saurabh Bhardwaj

    AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “Now that disqualification has been struck down, we want that the MLAs come and join assembly proceedings today itself.”
  10. 3:09PM
    23 Mar, 18

    The petition filed by AAP had added: “It is also that even a temporary government employer cannot be removed on the grounds of misconduct without holding a full-fledged inquiry. However, in the present case, the members of the legislative assembly were removed without holding a full-fledged inquiry and without giving them an opportunity to explain if they ever held any office of profit.”
  11. 3:09PM
    23 Mar, 18
    The MLAs retain their status in the House

    A bench, comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar, was hearing a petition filed by all the 20 MLAs, who had challenged the order saying “there was no communication to us (AAP MLAs) from the Election Commission (EC) about the hearing before it. It is in complete violation of natural justice.” The MLAs retain their status in the House.
  12. 3:07PM
    23 Mar, 18
    Arvind Kejriwal says its victory for people of Delhi


    सत्य की जीत हुई। दिल्ली के लोगों द्वारा चुने हुए प्रतिनिधियों को ग़लत तरीक़े से बर्खास्त किया गया था। दिल्ली हाई कोर्ट ने दिल्ली के लोगों को न्याय दिया। दिल्ली के लोगों की बड़ी जीत। दिल्ली के लोगों को बधाई। https://twitter.com/reportervikrant/status/977107869341495296 
  13. 3:00PM
    23 Mar, 18


    Delhi HC gives relief to disqualified AAP MLAs, reinstates them and says that EC opinion was "bad in law" for "failure to comply with principles of natural justice". Says MLAs not given opportunity to address issues and passes order of remand to EC to hear issues. @IndianExpress

    The Delhi High Court has quashed the presidential notification to disqualify 20 MLAs in the office of profit case. Follow our Live blog to get the latest updates.--.-IE





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