Office of profit case: 20 AAP MLAs move Delhi High Court against their disqualification

20 MLAs from the ruling Aam Admi Party today moved to the Delhi High Court against the government notification which disqualified them from their posts for allegedly holding office of profit.

Published: 23rd January 2018 11:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd January 2018 12:28 PM   |  A+A-

AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. | AFP File Photo

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Twenty AAP MLAs today moved the Delhi High Court challenging their disqualification for holding the office of profit.

The plea for an urgent hearing of the appeal was mentioned before a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla, which listed it for tomorrow.

Advocate Manish Vashisht, appearing for one of the MLAs, submitted before the bench that the matter requires urgent listing in view of the notification disqualifying 20 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly.

The plea by the MLAs has also sought stay and quashing of the government's notification stating the President had held that the 20 MLAs stand disqualified under the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act.

The notification came two days after the EC wrote to the President recommending the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for holding an office of profit while serving as Parliamentary Secretaries between March 13, 2015, and September 8, 2016.

The 20 MLAs include Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Anil Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh) -- who is also a minister -- Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura).

The others are Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri), Sanjeev Jha (Burari), Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar), Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar), Sharad Kumar (Narela), Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar), Sukhbir Singh (Mundka), Vijendar Garg (Rajinder Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).

The notification with President's assent was issued on January 21 saying "...Having considered the matter in the light of the opinion expressed by the Election Commission, I, Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, in exercise of the powers ...do here hold that the aforesaid 20 members of the Delhi legislative assembly stand disqualified from being members of the said assembly."

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