SC stays EC’s order disqualifying MP minister
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-30

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The Supreme Court today kept in abeyance the June 23 order of the Election Commission (EC) disqualifying Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra for three years on charges of paid news.

Mishra’s last ditch attempt to vote in the July 17 presidential election was dashed by the Delhi High Court on July 16 as it had refused to grant him any interim relief.

The apex court said that the matter involves substantial questions of law regarding interpretation of the provisions of the Representation of the People Act and requested the Delhi High Court to hear Mishra’s pending appeal expeditiously, preferably within two weeks.

However, the division bench of the high court had said that there was no urgency for hearing Mishra’s appeal against its single judge decision upholding his disqualification and it would be heard by a regular bench later.

The apex court today said, “We are of the opinion that the matter involves substantial questions of law regarding the interpretation of various provisions of the Representation of People Act (sections 10A, 77, 78, 123 etc),”

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