The Delhi High Court has decided to hear on a regular basis from August 25 former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s plea against the Election Commission’s show cause notice to him for allegedly not filing correct poll expenses.
Justice Suresh Kait listed the matter for regular hearing in view of the Supreme Court’s August 13 order directing the high court to dispose of the matter within 15 days.
“In view of the Supreme Court’s order of August 13, 2014, list the matter for regular hearing from August 25,” said the court, which had earlier listed the matter for hearing on November 5.
The apex court’s order was placed before the high court by advocates appearing on behalf of Chavan as well as the complainants on whose complaint the poll panel had issued the show cause notice.
The Supreme Court had passed the order while refusing to interfere with the high court’s July 28 decision staying the show cause notice issued to Chavan on July 13.
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In its show cause notice, the poll panel had asked Chavan why he should not be disqualified for failing to give his true and correct expenses incurred in last Assembly polls.
The apex court had said it was not in favour of the matter dragging and wanted that the high court should decide the question of law.
Madhavrao Kinhalkar, who had filed the complaint against Chavan in the commission, had submitted before the apex court that “prima facie the high court has not given reasons for staying the EC order”.
His counsel had also submitted that it was not appropriate on the part of the high court to entertain Chavan’s petition as the apex court had granted 45 days to the high court to examine the issues.