Published On : Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018

Disqualified AAP MLAs file fresh plea in HC

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, who have been disqualified as legislators for holding office of profit, today filed fresh pleas in Delhi high court challenging the Election Commission’s recommendation which got the assent of the President.

The court agrees to hear the petition tomorrow.

The 20 MLAs, whose appointment as parliamentary secretaries was questioned, on Monday withdrew their pleas from the court against the taking away of their assembly seats as their pleas had become infructuous after President Ram Nath Kovind put a stamp of approval on the EC’s recommendation.

In a major setback to the Aam Aadmi Party, President Ram Nath Kovind has disqualified 20 of its MLAs in Delhi for holding offices of profit, a move the party described as “unconstitutional” and “dangerous for democracy”.

AAP MLAs were appointed parliamentary secretaries and this was described by petitioner Prashant Patel as them holding offices of profit.