Twenty AAP MLAs on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging their disqualification for holding the office of profit. The plea for an urgent hearing of the appeal was mentioned before a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla, which listed it for Wednesday.
Advocate Manish Vashisht, appearing for one of the MLAs, submitted before the bench that the matter requires urgent listing in view of the notification disqualifying 20 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
The plea by the MLAs has also sought stay and quashing of the government's notification stating the President had held that the 20 MLAs stand disqualified under the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act.
The notification came two days after the EC wrote to the President recommending the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for holding the office of profit while serving as Parliamentary Secretaries between March 13, 2015, and September 8, 2016.
After the President approved disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding offices of profit, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has lashed out at President Ram Nath Kovind. AAP leader Ashutosh on Sunday took to Twitter and termed President Ram Nath Kovind as a ‘rubber stamp’.
"Hope Mr President, Sri Ram Nath Kovind knows that K R Narayanan acted as the guardian of the constitution, had conurage of conviction to return the recommendations of the cabinet not once but twice. He was not a rubber stamp President, was a working president, a great president (sic), “ Ashutosh wrote.
(With inputs from PTI)