EC adjourns AAP MLAs’ office of profit case for Aug 24

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission today adjourned for August 24 its hearing on a plea to disqualify 20 Delhi AAP MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit as an order of the Delhi High Court on the legislators’ request to cross examine the petitioner and State Government officials was not out yet.

On July 23, the EC had adjourned its hearing for today as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers from the city had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the poll panel’s decision rejecting their demand to cross examine the petitioner who had sought their removal as lawmakers.

Last week, the HC, in its draft order, had said that while petitioner in the office of profit case Prashant Patel cannot be cross examined, the MLAs can approach the poll panel again to cross examine officials of the Delhi Government and the State Assembly to prove that they were not holding office of profit as parliamentary secretaries.

Since the final order of the HC was not out yet, the 20 AAP lawmakers today moved an adjournment petition before the EC. The EC then adjourned the hearing for August 24, Patel said after the hearing. (AGENCIES)