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Hearing into paid news complaint against Chavan inconclusive

A poll panel hearing into a complaint concerning `paid news`, allegedly involving Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, remained inconclusive today.



New Delhi: A poll panel hearing into a
complaint concerning `paid news`, allegedly involving
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, remained inconclusive
today.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Singhvi appeared for
Chavan in the hearing which would now continue on July 20,
Election Commission sources said.

Chavan is understood to have denied placing any
advertisement in newspapers in the run-up to the elections.

BJP leader Kirit Somaiya and two lawyers for the party
made submissions before the full Commission.

Chavan`s counsel is expected to make submissions before
the poll panel during the next hearing.

The Commission had served a notice to the Chief Minister
on allegations of placing advertisements that were passed off
as news items before the Maharashtra assembly polls last year.

EC had also sent to Chavan copies of complaint,
including several CDs and press clippings that BJP had given
to the Commission. BJP had alleged that Chavan had overspent
in his election campaign and misrepresented facts about the
expenses.

-PTI

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