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EC postpones hearing in BJP's CD case
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | April 11, 2007 15:18 IST
The Election Commission hearing on the petition against the Bharatiya Janata Party with regard to the release of a CD containing communal content during the party's election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, has been postponed to Thursday.
Arguments on the validity of the presence of the Election Commissioner Navin Chawla during the hearing dominated the proceedings on Wednesday. The party's arguments were put forth by senior leader Arun Jaitley.
He said that there was no question of Chawla not being present during the hearing, headed by Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy, as he was very much a part of the commission.
Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Nilotpal Basu accused the BJP of raking up issues against Chawla to gain time as its petition against Chawla was coming up for hearing in the Supreme court on Friday.
Meanwhile, Navin Chawla has come under scanner for misusing his authority when he was chairman of the Delhi Vidyut Board. News channels have come out with a detailed report on Chawla and quoted the Auditor General's report to point out glaring examples of misuse of authority.