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Office of profit case: HC transfers AAP MLAs plea to division bench

Single judge bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru fixed the matter before the Acting Chief Justice tomorrow, who may either set up or refer it to an existing division bench

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Monday transferred to a division bench the pleas of MLAs, seeking quashing of their disqualification from the for holding

Single judge bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru fixed the matter before the Acting Chief Justice tomorrow, who may either set up or refer it to an existing division bench.

The court also extended its January 24 order restraining the (EC) from issuing any notification announcing bye-elections to fill vacancies of the 20 Assembly seats whose MLAs have been disqualified.

The court's direction came after advocate Prashant Patel, on whose plea the poll panel had recommended disqualification of the legislators to which the President gave his nod, moved an application seeking transfer of the matter to a division bench.

The petitions were filed by eight MLAs challenging the Centre's notification, disqualifying 20 of them for holding an

The high court had on January 24 refused to stay the Centre's notification disqualifying the MLAs for holding but restrained the EC from taking any "precipitate measures" like announcing dates for by-polls.

The high court had earlier summoned the entire records pertaining to the proceedings leading to the recommendation of the EC for 20 MLAs' disqualification which received the presidential assent on January 20.

First Published: Mon, January 29 2018. 21:33 IST
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