The Delhi High Court set aside an order issued by the Election Commission (EC) holding Maharashtra’s former chief minister Ashok Chavan guilty of filing incorrect expenses during the 2009 Assembly elections.
The EC in its 13th July order had also issued a show cause notice to Chavan seeking his response within 20 days on why he be not disqualified for the same.
But the high court had on July 28 stayed the commission’s show cause notice to Chavan. Earlier, the Supreme Court had asked the high court to decide Chavan’s plea within 15 days while refusing to interfere with its July 28 decision staying the showcause notice issued to Chavan on July 13.
The apex court had said it was not in favour of the matter dragging and that the high court should decide the question of law.
Independent candidate 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”.
“Election Commission’s 13 July 2014, order is set aside,” Justice Suresh Kait said.