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HC puts AAP disqualified elected representatives back in the MLA seat

Delhi High Court on Friday ordered the restoration of membership of the legislature of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, disqualified by the Election Commission, on charges of holding office of profit.

The MLAs were arraigned for holding offices of profit by virtue of their appointment as Parliamentary Secretaries.

“Truth has won. The representatives elected by the people of Delhi were dismissed in a wrong manner. Delhi HC has given justice to the people. It’s a big victory for the people of Delhi. Congratulations,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

The ruling came from a bench of Justices Sanjeev Khanna and Chandrashekhar held that there was a violation of natural justice.

Lawyer and petitioner, Prashant Patel, “The court has said this case will be reopened. I had just raised a constitutional issue, there is no setback for me.”

On January 21, 20 MLAs of the party were disqualified in the office-of-profit case after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation in this regard.

The poll panel had contended that the MLAs had occupied the post of Parliamentary Secretaries between March 13, 2015 and September 8, 2016, so were holding the office of profit and were liable to be disqualified as legislators.

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