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Office of profit: Blow to Kejriwal as EC tightens noose around 20 AAP MLAs

If 20 AAP MLAs get disqualified, Delhi will go for a mini-election, in which the Congress and BJP will also contest

BS Web Team & Agencies  |  New Delhi 

Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

In a major setback for the Arvind Kejriwal-led (AAP), media reports on Tuesday suggested the (EC) had directed 20 MLAs to respond to a Delhi lawyer’s plea seeking their disqualification for allegedly holding offices of profit as

Though the notice was served individually on the MLAs last week, none had approached the high court for a stay on the proceedings, reported The Times of India. The due date for their written replies is October 16, following which, the poll panel will set a date for the case.

What if MLAs are disqualified?

If the 20 MLAs indeed get disqualified, Delhi will undergo a mini-election, in which both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and will most likely seize the opportunity of grabbing seats in the Assembly. 

What is the case about?

The petition is against the party's nearly two dozen MLAs for allegedly holding offices of profit, despite the setting aside their appointment as The court had said the order to appoint them as were given without the concurrence of the lieutenant governor (LG).

Of these 21 legislators, Jarnail Singh had resigned in January to contest the Punjab Assembly Elections.

However, has made it clear that the order that set aside their appointments won't come in the way of the poll panel while deciding their disqualification as "the MLAs held the post de facto".

Therefore, had in March reserved its order on the plea of the MLAs that it should drop the case of the against them as their appointment as has already been set aside by the

EC, AAP
EC's response on June 23, 2017

Moreover, the petitioner, Prashant Patel, said that the court order should have no bearing on the case being heard by the as they were enjoying the fruits of that office till their appointment was set aside by the high court.

The poll panel had heard the case on December 16 last before it got busy with assembly elections in five states.

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 11:12 IST
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