New Delhi: The Election Commission would on
June 11 hear the complaint concerning `paid news`, allegedly
involving Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.
EC sources tonight said Chavan could himself appear
during the hearing or send his lawyer.
The Election Commission had served a notice on the Chief
Minister in January after receiving a complaint from BJP that
he allegedly paid newspapers money for publishing stories in
his favour before the assembly polls last year.
A controversy had erupted over Chavan`s expenses on media
publicity during the election campaign, with the Chief
Minister claiming he only spent around Rs 11,000 on paid
BJP has rubbished the claim saying Chavan received
coverage worth much more in the newspapers with advertisements
in form of news, which it alleged were paid for.