12 AAP MLAs in HC against office-of-profitb proceedings in EC


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought response of the Election Commission (EC ) on the plea of 12 AAP MLAs against the poll panel’s decision to continue hearing a complaint against them for allegedly holding office of profit.

Justice Indermeet Kaur issued notice to the EC and sought its reply on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs’ petitions contending that after the high court ruled that their appointments were unconstitutional and set them aside, there was no need for the poll panel to continue hearing the matter.

The court noted in its order that the petitioners were not seeking stay of the EC’s decision at this stage as no next date of hearing was given by the poll panel.

It said that if any date is fixed by EC for hearing the matter, the petitioners can move an application for stay of the proceedings.

The court listed the petitions for hearing on November 21.

On September 8, 2016 the high court had set aside the appointments of the 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries, while observing that their appointment orders were issued without the concurrence of the Lieutenant Governor (LG).

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