HC dismisses election petition against Kamal Nath

In a relief to Union Minister Kamal Nath, the Madhya Pradesh High Court dismissed a petition challenging his election to Lok Sabha in 2009 from Chhindwara.

The petition filed by BJP's Choudhary Chandrabhan Singh, his rival in the election, was dismissed by Justice K K Lahoti for lack of evidence.

The petitioner had alleged that Nath used a helicopter for campaigning but did not state the full expenses on it.

Nath had used the chopper for 18 days, but showed that he had hired it only for six hours, and shown expenditure of Rs 3.96 lakh, the petitioner alleged.

As per the rules of the company which rented it out, it had to be hired for a minimum of two hours a day, the petition said.

So Nath, in fact, had spent more than the ceiling of Rs 25 lakh fixed by the Election Commission of India, it alleged.

However, Nath's counsel Vivek Tankha argued that Supreme Court, in a similar case, had dismissed the petition.

Chandrabhan Singh's lawyer said he will file appeal in the Supreme Court.

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