Chavan is accused of running paid news in newspapers during the 2009 Maharashtra Assembly polls.

Slapping a fresh notice on Chavan, the Election Commission asked him to appear before it in connection with an ongoing case of alleged expenses made by him during the 2009 polls which were categorised as ‘paid news’.
Chavan has been asked to attend the hearing on May 23 ‘either in person or through his authorized representative or counsel’.
In the second case, the Election Commission has asked Koda to appear in the hearing, either in person or through an authorized counsel, with regard to a case against him for allegedly furnishing false election expenditure records after the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.     

The Election Commission's action comes a week after the Supreme Court gave a free hand to the poll body to inquire into complaints of paid news or incorrect expenses against a political leader.
A bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik had dismissed Chavan’s plea challenging the Election Commission's jurisdiction to inquire into such issues.
The Apex Court had directed the election watchdog to inquire into the complaint against Chavan within 45 days.

The Election Commission, post complaints made against the two political leaders, had initiated disqualification procedures against them under the Representation of the People Act.
Both leaders had challenged the poll body’s action as they denied any wrongdoing on their part.


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