In a fresh plea before the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, the 20 AAP members who were disqualified as MLAs following the Election Commission recommendation have sought to quash the notification signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The high court agreed to hear the plea tomorrow.
On Monday, the AAP members withdrew their plea before the high court seeking a stay on the EC recommendation as it had become infructuous after the President accepted the poll panel’s recommendation. In an interview, Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said that AAP did not use the two opportunities it had to request the Election Commission to hold hearings in connection with the ‘office of profit’ case.
Asked about the EC’s last ruling of June 23, 2017, which states that the Commission will intimate the next date of hearing in “due course”, Rawat, who was announced as A K Joti’s successor on Sunday, said, “These (two) notices were issued only for that (purpose). If they felt the need or imperative for oral evidences, then they should have pointed it out and we would have fixed a date for hearing. But you (AAP) are not talking of that. You are talking of something that is already known to the Commission.”
Rawat will officially assume charge as the new Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday.