In a major relief to the Aam Aadmi Party, the Delhi High Court on Friday set aside the Election Commission of India recommendations to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs in connection to the office of profit case.
The High Court has also directedÂ the Election Commission (EC) to hear the entireÂ office of profit case again.Â Earlier on January 19, the PresidentÂ had disqualified the MLAs â€œfor holdingÂ officeÂ of profitâ€ onÂ the recommendationÂ from the Election Commission.Â
"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," said Saurabh Bhardwaj, one of the 20 MLAs disqualified.
Reacting to the development, AAP chiefÂ and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said, "Truth has won. Elected representatives of Delhi were illegally disqualified. Delhi High Court has given justice to the people of Delhi. Congratulations to the People of Delhi."Â Â
During the arguments in the HC, the MLAs argued that the EC's order disqualifying them for allegedly holding office-of-profit was passed in "complete violation of natural justice" and they were not given anÂ opportunity to explain their stand before the poll panel.
After the court's order, Prashant Patel, the petitioner in the office of profit case said, "The court has said that this case will be reopened. I had just raised a constitutional issue, there is no setback for me."
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