Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra Disqualified From Voting In Presidential Poll

Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra Disqualified From Voting In Presidential Poll

Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra Disqualified From Voting In Presidential Poll

The court held that if the interim order is passed and the plea is allowed, then Mishra would be allowed to attend the Assembly and also be able to vote for in the Presidential elections.

The voting for the presidential election ended in the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly premises on Monday with 228 legislators casting their votes.

The Chitrakoot Assembly seat is vacant due to the demise of Congress MLA Prem Singh while the state's public relations minister, Narottam Mishra, has been disqualified for three years by the Election Commission over paid news charges.

The disqualification has been categorised under Section 10A of the Representation of People's Act 1951 along with Sections 77 and 78. The verdict found that the order given by the EC was a "fair finding".

The matter reached the Delhi high court after the apex court on July 12, transferred the matter to it to be decided expeditiously before the July 17 presidential polls.

The Election Commission, while disqualifying Mishra for not disclosing expenditure incurred on paid news in local media during the 2008 assembly elections, had said that it was concerned about the "menace of paid news" which has been assuming "alarming proportions" in the electoral landscape.

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The ECI while disposing off a petition filed by Rajendra Bharti had observed that Mishra had indulged in paid news during the MP state Vidhan Sabha elections held in 2008.

On Friday, a Single Judge Bench of Justice Indermeet Kaur had dismissed Mishra's plea against this very order of the Election Commission.

His election from Datia assembly constituency also stands void.

A Delhi High Court Division Bench on Sunday dismissed the petition of Madhya Pradesh Minister for Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Narottam Mishra that challenged his disqualification demanded by ECI.

Bharti, the main complainant in the case, had first sent a complaint to the EC about eight years back in 2009.

The EC order said that all the 42 news items that had appeared in five Hindi dailies were "extremely biased in favour of" Mishra.

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