Hailing the Delhi High Court verdict which set aside the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the office-of-profit case, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the judgement is a victory of truth and people. Congratulating his party after the verdict, Kejriwal tweeted, “Truth triumphs. The elected representatives of people were wrongly disqualified. Delhi High Court has given justice to the people. It’s a victory of people of Delhi. Congratulations to the people of Delhi.”
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia too welcomed the order as he joined the AAP legislators in thumping tables in the Delhi Assembly during its ongoing Budget session. The MLAs shouted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” in the Assembly after the order
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
A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar said that the Centre’s notification disqualifying the AAP MLAs was bad in law and remanded their plea back to the Election Commission which will hear it afresh.
Terming the Election Commission’s recommendation on disqualification as “vitiated”, the bench said that there was violation of natural justice and no oral hearing was given to the MLAs before disqualifying them as legislators of the Delhi Assembly. Follow AAP MLA’s disqualification plea LIVE UPDATES
“Opinion of Election Commission of India (given to the President of India) dated January 19, 2018, is vitiated and bad in law for failure to comply with principles of natural justice,” the court said.
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