In a landmark judgement, the Election Commission on Saturday disqualified a BJP minister from Madhya Pradesh government over corrupt practices and paid news in 2008 assembly elections.
Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra has also been barred from contesting elections for next three years meaning that he wouldn’t be able to take in the next year’s assembly polls.
The election body also concluded that Mishra had lied in his affidavit on his expenditure related to paid news.
Former Congress MLA Rajendra Bharti had filed a complaint in April 2009 accusing Mishra of corrupt practices and paid news during the 2008 assembly elections.
The Election Commission of India had issued him a notice in January 2013 for response. It took the national poll panel another nearly five more years to arrive at a decision against the guilty BJP minister.
Mishra, according to NDTV, had challenged the EC notice in the high court bench at Gwalior and even succeeded in getting a stay in light of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s case proceeding in the top court.
The high court later vacated its stay order in light of fresh evidence submitted by the complainant.
“42 news, which were published in various newspapers between November 8 and 27 in 2008, appear to be advertisements in garb of news,” the Election Commission notice had read.
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