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The AAP government heaved a sigh of relief after the Delhi High Court restored the membership of 20 MLAs of the party, who were disqualified in January by the President on the recommendation of the Election Commission. The Commission now, after the court order, will re-hear the office of profit case.
As per the reports, the High Court said that the reasons behind quashing the order of January 19th are the violation of oral hearing norms by the Commission and failure to communicate that OP Rawat after recusing had rejoined proceedings.
The Commission recommended disqualification of 20-AAP MLAs for allegedly holding offices of profit, who were allegedly appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various ministers of the state. AAP’s victory during the Assembly elections in 2015 fueled the controversy.
AAP occupies 65 seats in 70 members Delhi Assembly. The MLAs who were disqualified, some of them are - Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Adarsh Shastri, Madan Lal, Charan Goel, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Jarnail Singh and Rajesh Gupta.
The Commission reported that these MLAs occupied the respective posts of parliamentary secretaries between March 13th, 2015 and September 8th, 2016, held the office of profit, and were liable to be disqualified as legislators.
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