Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been given a breathe for a few more days in the paid news case. The Delhi High Court 28th July has stayed EC’s show cause notice to him to explain why he should not be disqualified in a 'paid news' case.
Justice Suresh Kait, while staying the poll panel's order till Nov 5, also issued notice to Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Kirit Somaiya and independent candidate Madhavrao Kinhalkar who had filed the complaint in the commission against Chavan, currently an MP from Nanded.
The Election Commission had issued a show cause notice on July 13 to Chavan for failing to lodge his election expenses as per law in the paid news case when he contested and won from Bhokar assembly seat in the 2009 Maharashtra elections.
In his plea before the high court, Chavan contended that he had filed all the correct poll expenses of Rs 6.85 lakh and sought setting aside of the commission's July 13 show cause notice.