Chavan came under the EC scanner for allegedly filing incorrect election expenses. The panel started an inquiry after his 2009 victory from Bhokar assembly seat in Nanded district. There were allegations that he indulged in paid news during his campaign and did not disclose the details. Chavan’s plea before Delhi HC was dismissed following which he moved the SC.
Similarly Koda too was probed by the EC in a similar case. Sitting Uttar Pradesh MLA Umlesh Yadav got disqualified on the same grounds in October 2011.
The EC, in its order had said “by suppressing expenditure on ‘paid news’ and filing an incorrect or false account, the candidate involved is guilty of not merely circumventing the law relating to poll expenses but also of projecting a wrong picture and defrauding the electorate.”