EC defers hearing on Verma`s model code violation

For the 2nd time in less than a week, EC postponed hearing in the case against Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma for alleged violation of model code.

New Delhi: For the second time in less than
a week, the Election Commission has postponed hearing in the
case against Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma for alleged
violation of the model code for his minorities sub-quota

The hearing scheduled for tomorrow was postponed on the
basis of Verma`s request. The earlier hearing on February 24
was deferred on a plea of the complainant, BJP which had cited
non-availbility of its lawyer to argue the case.

The Commission has now decided to postpone the hearing to
March 2, as per its letter to Verma and Syed Shahnawaz Hussain
of the BJP.
The BJP had complained that the Steel Minister had
violated the model code by making certain remarks on sub-quota
for minorities.

The Commission on Monday had allowed grant of personal
hearing to Verma on February 24 to explain his minorities sub
-quota remarks, before initiating further against him.

The Election Commission had on February 18 slapped a show
cause notice on Verma, finding his remarks on minorities sub-
quota as "prima facie" violation of model code, after the
minister dared the poll body to take action against him. The
EC had also sought his reply by February 20.
At a poll rally in Farukkhabad on February 15 in the
presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and
Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Verma had said,
"Reservation for Muslims will be increased and if the EC
wants, it can now issue a notice to me."

Verma, in his reply to the Commission, had expressed
regret over his remarks but had contended that he did not
violate the model code and that his remarks were made as a
Congress leader in line with the party`s manifesto and not as
a minister.


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