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Office Profit case: No bypolls notification till next date of hearing

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    In a major relief for AAP, the Delhi High Court said by-polls will not be held till it hears AAP lawmakers' appeal on the disqualification. However, the court refused to stay the Centre's notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs for holding the office of profit.

    Office Profit case: No bypolls in Delhi till next date of hearing

    Delhi High Court asked Election Commission to not issue any notification for Delhi bypolls until next date of hearing on Monday. The High Court also sought reply of all respondents including the Election Commission of India (ECI) on the plea of disqualified MLAs.

    On January 19, the poll panel had made the recommendation for the disqualification of the 20 legislators, which was given assent by the President.

    On January 20, the Ministry of Law and Justice had issued a notification that the President held that the 20 MLAs stand disqualified under Section 15(1)(a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act.

    The EC had made the recommendation while deciding a plea by advocate Prashant Patel, who had sought disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs for holding the office of parliamentary secretaries, which he had said amounted to the office of profit.

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