AAP MLAs' disqualification: Election Commission to begin final hearing today

The AAP had challenged the EC’s decision to disqualify them in the office-of-profit case on the grounds that the commission had rejected their request for cross-examination of the petitioner.

Published: 23rd July 2018 12:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2018 12:14 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission will on Monday begin final hearing in the office-of-profit case involving 20 MLAs of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi.

The AAP had challenged the EC’s decision to disqualify them in the office-of-profit case on the grounds that the commission had rejected their request for cross-examination of the petitioner.

In its 70-page order on July 17, the EC said: “There is no occasion and need for the cross-examination of the petitioner as he is not a witness in the present proceedings and the respondents have failed to make out a case for calling any witness as pleaded in their applications. Therefore, this Commission dismisses the applications under consideration.”

The demand will lead to unnecessary delay, the commission added and fixed July 23 for final arguments in the case.

The poll panel had recommended the disqualification of the 20 MLAs, who held the post of parliamentary secretaries, on January 19. The MLAs has moved Delhi High Court against the order. They had also sought cross-examination of the petitioner Prashant Patel.

As on July 17, the EC had held six hearing in the office-of-profit case.

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  • Pawan Kumar Aggarwal

    EC will take final decision for disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs after their 5 years term will be over... Same situation is with High Court, Delhi who restrored their membership even after President's order. Had it been a case related to a Common man, no one would taken such decisions. What an India Democracy.. Only money & muscle power of our leaders & big Businessmen work every where. Shame
    3 months ago reply
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