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Election Commission Crisis: A chronology

A Correspondent in Delhi | February 02, 2009 16:22 IST

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Chronological order of events leading up to Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami [Images] recommending the removal of Election Commissioner Navin Chawla
 
January 21, 2008: BJP submits a memo against Chawla to the CEC. Gopalaswami consults legal advisors about the matter.

February: EC prepares for the elections in Karnataka. Chawla goes on a month-long leave.

July 21, 2008: CEC sends a notice to Chawla, along with the BJP's memo, seeking his response about the allegations.

September 12, 2008: In his response to the CEC, Chawla states that he is seeking legal help about the matter. Chawla writes to the Law Ministry

September 17, 2008: Gopalaswami writes back to Chawla saying the matter is between the CEC and Chawla and the government has no role to play in it.

November 7: Law Ministry writes to Chawla, saying the CEC doesn't have suo moto power.

December 10: Chawla finally replies to the CEC notice and denies the BJP's charges

January 16: CEC recommends Chawla's removal.






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