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Ashok Chavan guilty of fudging 2009 poll expenses, says EC

The Election Commission on Sunday held former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan guilty of failing to give his correct election expenses in the 2009 assembly polls and slapped a show cause notice on him, a decision that could pave the way for his diqualification as MP and bar him from contesting polls for three years. Setting a 20-day deadline to respond to the notice, the Commission said he has ‘failed to lodge his account of election expenses in the manner required by the (Representation of the People) Act and rules.’ The EC, on the directions of the Supreme Court, had issued a notice to Chavan in May to appear before it in connection with the case. The EC order said a candidate who is declared disqualified by the Commission under Section 10 of the RP Act ‘incurs disqualification for contesting further elections to any House of Parliament or State Legislature for a period of three years ‘and also for continuing as member of any such House if he is already a sitting member from the date of the order of the Election Commission and not from the date on which he contested the election or was elected at such election.Therefore, the resignation of the respondent from the membership of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on 22nd May, 2014, has no effect or impact on the continuance of the present proceedings before the Commission and the proceedings shall continue unabated until logical conclusion thereof,’ Paragraph 70 of the EC order said.
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