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Maharashtra poll panel chief released
March 28, 2008 11:54 IST
Last Updated: March 28, 2008 12:46 IST
Maharashtra's State Election Commissioner Nand Lal, who was sentenced to a two-day prison term for breach of privilege by the state assembly, was on Friday released from the Arthur Road Jail.
Nand Lal, meanwhile, has challenged his conviction order in the Mumbai High Court.
Superintendent of Arthur Road Jail Swati Sathe said Nandalal was released at 1030 hours. Nand Lal was taken into civil custody on Thursday evening by the city police after the Legislative Assembly sentenced him to the prison term for breach of privilege.
He was taken to the Arthur Road Jail in Central Mumbai from his office in the new administrative building adjacent to Vidhan Bhavan in South Mumbai at around 1800 hrs on Thursday.
The Assembly unanimously approved the report of the Privileges Committee, headed by Chandrakant Chhajed (Congress), which was set up in 2006 against the backdrop of the former IAS officer's belligerent stance against Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
The panel has warned Nand Lal that "even (more) stringent action" will be taken against him if he failed to cooperate with the Committee in future.
The committee was set up after Janardhan Chandurkar (Congress) moved a breach of privilege motion against Nand Lal who has been at loggerheads with Deshmukh.