The Delhi High Court on Friday set aside the Election Commission's notification disqualifying BJP's Narottam Mishra for three years for filing wrong accounts of election expenditure during the 2008 Madhya Pradesh assembly elections.
A division bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sunil Gaur said that it has not found anything conclusive against the Madhya Pradesh Minister to prove that the articles and advertorials in the media were paid.
The bench was hearing an appeal by the Bharatiya Janata Party leader challenging the July 14, 2017, order of a single Judge bench of the High Court, which had upheld the EC's decision to disqualify Mishra.
Mishra had contested the EC decision on the grounds of inordinate delay in the matter and alleged lack of evidence that he authorised paid news articles.
Mishra had sought an interim stay on the single Judge's order that upheld the EC's order as a last-ditch attempt to vote in the presidential election. He, however, could not cast his ballot.
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