20 AAP MLAs Chronology

Following is the chronology of events in the office-of-profit case in which the Delhi High Court today set aside the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs and directed the Election Commission (EC) to hear the matter afresh:

*Mar 13, 2015: The Arvind Kejriwal govt passes an order to appoint 21 MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries.

*Jun 19: The appointment was challenged by advocate Prashant Patel who seeks their disqualification with President Pranab Mukherjee.

*Jun 24: Legislative Assembly passes the Delhi Member of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) (Amendment Bill), 2015 excluding Parliamentary Secretaries from 'Office of Profit' with retrospective effect.

*Jun 13, 2016: President Mukherjee refuses to give his assent to the Bill.

*Jun 25: Centre returns 14 bills passed by Delhi government, including the Bill on Parliamentary secretaries.

*Jul 14-21: EC gives hearing to 21 AAP MLAs.

*Sep 8, 2016: The Delhi HC sets aside an order of the Kejriwal government appointing 21 of the party's MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.

*Sep 8: EC issues a show cause notice to 21 AAP MLAs.

*Jan 6, 2017: Jarnail Singh, AAP MLA from Rajouri Garden, resigns.

*Jun 24, : EC rejects pleas of AAP MLAs to drop 'Office of Profit' case.

*Aug : The 20 AAP MLAs move HC against the EC's June 24 order.

*Oct 9: EC issues notice to AAP MLAs, seeks explanation.

*Jan 19, 2018: EC recommends to President Ram Nath Kovind disqualification.

*Jan 20: President Kovind approves the EC's recommendation of disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs.

*Jan 24 : MLAs moves High Court seeking quashing of the decision.

*Feb 7: The HC fixes day-today hearing of MLAs' pleas.

* Feb 28: The HC reserves order on AAP MLAs' pleas.

*Mar 23: The HC quashes notification that had led to disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs.

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