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Chawla should quit EC post: Sorabjee

February 07, 2006 14:33 IST

Former Attorney General Soli J Sorabjee on Tuesday suggested that Election Commissioner Naveen Chawla quit his post in the wake of reports that he had taken donations from Congress leaders for a family trust.

"Members of the Election Commission are like Caesar's wife, beyond suspicion. But Naveen Chawla's past associations with a particular party may raise apprehensions about his impartiality (as election commissioner) and, therefore, in my opinion, he should put in his papers," Sorabjee told PTI.

News reports have suggested that several Congress leaders held out donations worth Rs 85 lakh to trusts run by the family of Chawla, who was appointed Election Commissioner in May last year.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance has sought Chawla's removal as election commissioner, saying his past conduct has raised apprehensions about the impartiality of the high office he holds.

Chawla, however, asserted that his family trusts took no donations from any politicians since his appointment as election commissioner.

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