NEW DELHI, 16 Nov: The Election Commission on Tuesday commenced its final arguments and heard all sides of the petition demanding disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs for allegedly holding the office of profit.
The AAP MLA’s are asking for dropping the case as Delhi High Court in its September 8 order has already rejected 21 party MLAs appointments as parliamentary secretaries.
The court had observed that the order to appoint them as parliamentary secretaries was given without the concurrence of the Lieutenant Governor.
The lawmakers in the hearing expressed that since the decision to appoint them as parliamentary secretaries had been set aside, they could not be disqualified for holding the office which they no longer attained.
But the petitioner, Prashant Patel, debated during arguments that the court order should have no bearing on the case being heard by the EC as they were enjoying the fruits of that office till their appointment was set aside by the high court.
He argued that disqualification was necessary as the office of parliamentary secretary comes under the ambit of office of profit law.