AAP MLAs’ DISQUALIFICATION: DELHI HC NOTICE TO EC, CENTRE; NO ANNOUNCEMENT OF BY-ELECTIONS TILL NEXT HEARING ON JAN 29

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The Hush Post: Issuing a notice to the Election Commission and the Centre on a petition filed by 20 disqualified Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi  challenging the Presidential notification, the Delhi High Court  has summoned the record of the proceedings before the Election Commission and posted the matter for further hearing on January 29.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru refused to stay the MLAs’ disqualification and asked the Election Commission not to “precipitate” the situation by announcing byelections to the 20 vacant seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly till the next date of hearing.

The High Court also issued a notice to advocate Prashant Patel, who had in 2015 filed a petition for disqualifying the MLAs for holding office of profit.The petitioners’ counsel submitted that the office of Parliamentary Secretary was not an office of profit as traditionally understood.

The disqualified MLAs contended that the Election Commission had decided the issue in undue haste, without affording any opportunity of fair hearing to the legislators.

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