DELHI: With the Supreme Court having given its clearance earlier
this month, the Election Commission has announced its decision to
proceed with the hearings in the paid news case against
former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan.
The case pertains to a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party
leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Madhavrao Kinhalkar, Kirti Somaiya
and four others regarding publication of advertisements in various
newspapers during the election campaign period for the Maharashtra
Assembly held in September-October 2009 in the garb of news
eulogising him and his achievements as CM. Chavan had won
assembly polls from Bhokar constituency.
Commission is to commence hearing on 17 May. Sources in the Commission
told indiantelevision.com that the case will be heard expeditiously
so that it does not have to start anew under a new incumbent since
the Supreme Court noted that chief election commissioner SY Quraishi
is laying down office on 10 June.