The Election Commission on Saturday disqualified Madhya Pradesh Irrigation Minister Narottam Mishra of BJP and barred him from contesting elections for three years for allegedly being involved in paid news during the 2008 assembly elections.
“As per law, Mishra stands disqualified from the date of issuance of order and debarred further for three years from contesting elections,” an Election Commission official said.
The EC decision came on a complaint by Rajendra Bharti, who had fought the 2008 elections as a BSP candidate, but is now with the Congress. Bharti had filed the complaint of paid news in April 2009.
Bharti had alleged that Mishra, a close aide of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, had not filed certain details in his election expenditure in the 2008 polls.
The EC had served notice to Mishra on 15 January 2013. Mishra had moved the Madhya Pradesh high court and the Supreme Court against the EC notice, but did not get any relief. Finally, the EC came out with its verdict on Saturday.