New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday set aside the Election Commission (EC)’s recommendations to disqualify the 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs, giving relief to the legislators who were accused of holding offices of profit.
Moments after the verdict, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and said “Truth has triumphed.”
सत्य की जीत हुई। दिल्ली के लोगों द्वारा चुने हुए प्रतिनिधियों को ग़लत तरीक़े से बर्खास्त किया गया था। दिल्ली हाई कोर्ट ने दिल्ली के लोगों को न्याय दिया। दिल्ली के लोगों की बड़ी जीत। दिल्ली के लोगों को बधाई। https://t.co/eDayHziHSn
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 23, 2018
According to media reports, the judgment was delivered by a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on the grounds that the lawmakers were not given a proper hearing.
The case has now been referred back to the poll panel for reconsideration.
Earlier on January 30, the Delhi HC asked the EC to file a written reply to the plea of the disqualified MLAs.
On January 21, President Ram Nath Kovind approved the disqualification of the MLAs, who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government, after the poll body had recommended for the same.