Aam Admi Party jolt, EC tells this to the Delhi High Court
In yet another jolt to the Aam Aadmi Party, the Election Commission told the Delhi high court said that 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators who have been disqualified did not have a right to be audience with the Commission.
It said that the principles of natural justice were fulfilled by allowing the MLAs the opportunity to file written submissions in their defence.
A bench comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar was hearing the MLAs’ plea challenging the 20 January Presidential order disqualifying them.
This disqualification came about for allegedly holding office of profit as parliamentary secretaries under the Delhi government.
The Election Commission said that the right to representation, which is an essential element of natural justice, can be allowed in written form.>