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MP minister moves HC on EC's order for disqualification

Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday filed a petition in the high court seeking a stay on and quashing of the recent Election Commission (EC) order that disqualified him for three years.

Mishra was disqualified by the EC on June 23 for filing wrong accounts of election expenditure in the 2008 assembly polls.

The water resources, legislative affairs and public relations minister filed a writ petition before the Gwalior bench of the high court seeking relief against the order.

In a related development, his political rival Rajendra Bharti filed a caveat in the Gwalior bench seeking that he should be heard along with Mishra when the latter's writ petition comes up for hearing.

Mishra has filed the writ petition seeking stay on and quashing of the EC order that disqualified him from contesting elections for three years from that date, the minister's counsel, former MP additional advocate general MPS Raghuvanshi, said.

"I today filed a caveat to ensure that I am informed and heard along with Mishra and he is not given an ex-parte relief," Bharti said.
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