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Form HC bench to hear MP minister's plea against disqualification: SC

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme on Wednesday asked the acting Chief Justice of High to constitute a bench to hear a plea of state minister Narottam Mishra, challenging his disqualification by the Commission.

The Commission has disqualified Mishra for not disclosing expenses he incurred on paid news in his expenditure returns.

The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed Mishra and complainant Rajender Bharti to approach the Chief Justice of the High on Wednesday itself for setting up of the bench.

The apex court also directed immediate hearing of the matter, so as to decide the case before July 17 -- the day for polling to elect a new President to succeed outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee.

The order said that, if required, the hearing would continue even on the weekend.

The minister, who has contested the Commission order on different counts, had sought an urgent hearing of his plea either by the high court or the apex court itself, so that he could participate in the presidential election.



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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 16:02 IST