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Election Commissioner Rawat recuses himself from AAP cases

IANS  |  New Delhi 

After Chief Minister and (AAP) Convener Kejriwal cast aspersions on his integrity, Commissioner O.P. Rawat has recused himself from cases related to the party being heard by the Commission (EC).

Kejriwal had in an interview to a newspaper recently said that he found two of the three Commissioners as biased due to alleged proximity of one of them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and of the other to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Rawat is a retired IAS officer from Madhya Pradesh cadre. He retired in December 2013 and was appointed Commissioner in 2015.

In his communication to Chief Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Wednesday, Rawat reportedly cited the need to uphold the poll panel's credibility and impartiality as the reason for his decision.

The Commission is hearing the case related to 21 legislators allegedly holding office of profit, in which they face possible disqualification.

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 19:18 IST
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