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EC asks Alagiri to reimburse expenses on TN visit

Last Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 22:11

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday
directed Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M K
Alagiri to reimburse the expenditure incurred on his recent
visit to poll-bound Tamil Nadu in violation of the Model Code
of Conduct.
Cautioning the senior DMK leader to be "more careful" in
future, the EC said in its order that the expenditure on
airfare from Delhi to Chennai and back, road transport,
board and lodging availed by him during his visits to Chennai
and Madurai be reimbursed to the government.

The EC said the minister himself admitted that he combined
his official visit to Chennai with a personal visit to Madurai
for political activities, which amounted to violation of Model

"The Commission has nevertheless taken into consideration
the submission made by him that as a first time MP, he was not
aware of all the nitty-gritty of the procedure and that such
lapses would not happen in future," it said and added that the
Commission decided to take a "lenient view" in the matter.

The Commission said it was not satisfied with his reply
that his visit to Madurai was due to "unexpected personal
political exigencies" and was not pre-scheduled one, and also
that his office did not bring to his notice that the Model
Code had come into immediate effect.
The EC had issued a show cause notice to Alagiri for
violating the Model Code by clubbing his official visit to
Chennai but indulged in political activities in his home
district Madurai.


First Published: Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 22:11
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