Former Maharastra chief minister Ashok Chavan is no stranger to controversy, but despite that he was the only Congress leader to claim victory in the Lok Sabha in Maharashtra in the 214 elections. But Ashok Chavan is in serious trouble now, as the Election Commission has found him guilty of fudging his poll expenses during the state elections in 2009.
The Election Commission has slapped a notice on the former chief minister and he may be disqualified as a Nanded MP is he is found indeed guilty of fudging his poll expenses. He has been granted time till August 2, 2014, if he fails to come up with a satisfactory explanation, he might not only be disqualifies as a parliament member, but will also be not able to contest in the upcoming assembly elections.
He has been accused of hiding expenses on a paid supplement named Ashok Parva in a leading Marathi daily.
Even though Chavan tried his best to stop the EC probing, by approaching the Delhi High Court and then the Supreme Court but failed to do so. The Election Commission in its 104 pages order says, “The Commission is of the considered view that the respondent cannot validly claim ignorance about the publication of the 25 advertisements in which his name, the name of his constituency and his photograph prominently appeared. Ashok Chavan failed to lodge his account of election expenses in the manner required by the Acts and rules. Respondent directed to show cause why he should not be disqualified.”