Office of profit row: Delhi HC asks EC to state facts behind disqualification of AAP MLAs
The court also extended till Feb 7 the interim order restraining the EC from issuing any notification announcing by-elections to fill the vacancies of the 20 assembly seats whose legislators have been disqualified.delhi Updated: Jan 30, 2018 17:56 IST
The Delhi high court on Tuesday asked the Election Commission (EC) to state the facts behind its recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit.
A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar asked the poll panel to file the affidavit after the EC said it wanted to respond to some of the allegations made in the MLAs’ pleas challenging their disqualification from the Delhi Assembly.
The Commission also told the court that it would rely upon its opinion given to the President to disqualify the 20 AAP MLAs who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries.
After the brief proceedings, the court listed the matter for further hearing on February 7 by when the MLAs have to file their responses to the EC affidavit.
The court also extended till then the January 24 interim order of the single judge restraining the EC from issuing any notification announcing by-elections to fill the vacancies of the 20 assembly seats whose legislators have been disqualified.
The matter was transferred to a division bench on Monday after advocate Prashant Patel, on whose plea the EC had recommended the disqualification of MLAs, moved an application for transfer of the matter to a division bench