EC rejects pleas of 20 AAP lawmakers in office of profit case


New Delhi: In a setback for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Election Commission (EC) on Saturday has rejected pleas of 21 AAP legislators to drop office of profit case against them.

The EC has also made it clear that the Delhi High Court 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 posts de facto”.

The EC order said that the commission was of the “considered opinion that the AAP legislators did hold de facto the office of parliamentary secretaries from March 13, 2015 to September 8, 2016”.

The 21 AAP legislators had approached the EC to drop their disqualification case as their appointments as parliamentary secretaries have already been set aside by the Delhi High Court.

The EC in its final hearing, likely to be in August, will decide on their disqualification.

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