EC defers to March 2 hearing on Verma's model code violation
For the second time in less than a week, the Election Commission has postponed hearing in the case against union minister Beni Prasad Verma for alleged violation of the model code for his minorities sub-quota remarks.india Updated: Feb 26, 2012 20:52 IST
For the second time in less than a week, the Election Commission has postponed hearing in the case against union minister Beni Prasad Verma for alleged violation of the model code for his minorities sub-quota remarks.
The hearing scheduled for Monday was postponed on the basis of Verma's request. The earlier hearing on February 24 was deferred on a plea of the complainant, BJP which had cited non-availbility of its lawyer to argue the case.
The Commission has now decided to postpone the hearing to March 2, as per its letter to Verma and Syed Shahnawaz Hussain of the BJP.
The BJP had complained that the steel minister had violated the model code by making certain remarks on sub-quota for minorities.
The Commission on Monday had allowed grant of personal hearing to Verma on February 24 to explain his minorities sub -quota remarks, before initiating further against him.
The Election Commission had on February 18 slapped a show cause notice on Verma, finding his remarks on minorities sub-quota as "prima facie" violation of model code, after the minister dared the poll body to take action against him. The EC had also sought his reply by February 20.
At a poll rally in Farukkhabad on February 15 in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and union law minister Salman Khurshid, Verma had said, "Reservation for Muslims will be increased and if the EC wants, it can now issue a notice to me."
Verma, in his reply to the Commission, had expressed regret over his remarks but had contended that he did not violate the model code and that his remarks were made as a Congress leader in line with the party's manifesto and not as a minister.