Paid News case: Delhi HC to hear Narottam Mishra's petition against EC

ANI | Updated: Oct 26, 2017 10:54 IST

Paid News case- Delhi HC to hear Narottam Mishra's petition against EC .

New Delhi [India], Oct 26 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday is likely to hear Madhya Pradesh parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra's petition challenging Election Commission's decision of barring him from contesting elections .

Delhi High Court has previously disposed of application moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader seeking an early hearing in the matter .

In July, the court also dismissed Mishra's plea to vote in the presidential polls scheduled for July 17 .

The Election Commission of India disqualified Mishra for three years to contest elections after finding him guilty of paid news .

The decision was taken based on a complaint lodged by former Congress MLA Rajendra Bharti in April 2009, alleging that Mishra hadn't filed certain details in his election expenditure during the 2008 Assembly elections .

Bharti submitted that the committee examining the complaint had found 42 out of the 48 alleged paid news articles were verified as paid news .

The EC has the power to disqualify a candidate if he fails to submit a clear and concise account of expenses within the designated time frame .

Mishra challenged the notice in the high court bench at Gwalior and managed to get a stay, in the light of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's case proceeding in the top court .

The court, however, vacated the stay order after considering the facts submitted by the complainant's counsel . (ANI)