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Ensure officials do not brief media on my petition: Swamy to EC

Subramanian Swamy had moved the EC seeking de-recognition of the Congress party over extending loan to Associated Journals Limited.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:November 5, 2012, 4:58 PM IST
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Ensure officials do not brief media on my petition: Swamy to EC
Subramanian Swamy had moved the EC seeking de-recognition of the Congress party over extending loan to Associated Journals Limited.

New Delhi: Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Monday urged Election Commission to ensure that its officials' do not brief media regarding his petition seeking de-recognition of Congress.

He alleged officials have been leaking Election Commission's "predetermined intention" to return his petition as outside the scope of its powers under Constitution.

Swamy had on Saturday moved the Election Commission seeking de-recognition of Congress, alleging the party violated laws by providing a Rs 90 crore loan to a company that published the now-defunct National Herald newspaper.

In the letter to Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath, he said the "leaks raise a serious question on the impartiality of the Election Commission and whether the EC is acting in an arbitrary and unreasonable manner".

He said such leaks were "tantamount to a predetermined decision" even before the hearing is held, and which is "favourable" to the ruling party.

"Kindly put a stop to these leaks as it violates my rights...in my dealings with the Election Commission for getting justice and fair hearing," Swamy said.

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