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"Chavan is not barred from contesting polls"

Posted on Mar 27 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, Mar 26 : Defending the Congress party's decision to give Lok Sabha ticket to scam-hit Ashok Chavan, party supremo Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said no law has 'barred' the former Maharashtra chief minister from contesting the polls.

"The decision has been taken by the CEC (Central Election Committee). As far as we know, Ashok Chavan has not been barred from contesting elections by any law or the Election Commission," Gandhi told media.

Ashok Chavan, accused in the Adarsh scam case, on Wednesday filed his nomination from the Nanded seat in Maharashtra.

The Congress on Tuesday gave him a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Nanded.

"The party has taken a decision to give me a ticket after due consideration. Nothing has been proved against me. I am legally allowed to stand for the elections," Chavan told CNN-IBN.

Adarsh, the 30-storey apartment building, housing many top level defence officials, was built on a disputed army land at Colaba in Mumbai and it was alleged that the flats meant for the families of the Kargil martyrs were allotted to top defence officials and kins of politicians.

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