Disqualified MP Narottam Mishra file petition against EC order
Mishra , who is also parliamentary affairs and public relations minister, alleged that the Election Commission’s order was “based on imagination and possibilities”.bhopal Updated: Jun 27, 2017 23:13 IST
Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra, who was disqualified by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for three years from contesting polls for allegedly filing wrong accounts of election expenditure in 2008 assembly elections, on Tuesday filed a petition at the Gwalior bench of the state high court to seek stay on the EC order.
Talking to HT, Narottam Mishra said that the petition was filed by his lawyer MPS Raghuvanshi to seek stay on the EC order as there was “no proof that he had paid money for the news”.
Mishra said his lawyer made plea to the court that until the investigation was not fully completed into the matter, there should be stay on the EC order.
Mishra , who is also parliamentary affairs and public relations minister, alleged EC’s order was “anomalous and based on imagination and possibilities”.
MPS Raghuvanshi told HT that he filed over 2500-page petition in the court to seek stay on the EC order.
“We have made a plea to the court that EC order is not based on any proof that Narottam Mishra gave money for the news. So we are urging the court that until the investigation into the matter is not completed, the court should stay the order”, he said.
Raghuvanshi said the court will tentatively hear the petition on June 29.
The EC order came on Saturday on a complaint by Rajendra Bharti, who had fought the 2008 elections as a BSP candidate, but is now with the Congress. In its order, EC stated that Narottam, Mishra “was complicit in the publication of the impugned paid news as news items and has derived benefit from and taken advantage of the same, without reporting or acknowledging it, and thereby attempting to bypass the rigours of the law”.
In the past, Narottam Mishra had moved the state high court urging the court to quash the investigation against him by the EC by declaring the Section 10 of representation of people act outside the powers of ECI. But court rejected his plea.
Meanwhile Purushaindra Kaurav , advocate general of MP, told HT that Mishra will remain MLA till Governor takes a decision on the EC order. “Till Governor doesn’t issue a separate order declaring Mishra’s assembly seat as vacant, he will continue to be the MLA”, he said.