Uday Lalit, counsel for Kinarkar, a candidate who unsuccessfully contested from the Bhokar Assembly constituency in Nanded district against former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Ashok Chavanin the 2009 Assembly election, sought Mr. Chavan's disqualification for encouraging ‘paid news' and not properly filing his election expenditure accounts.

Arguing before the Election Commission — Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi and Election Commissioners V.S. Sampath and Harishankar Brahma, who are hearing the complaint against Mr. Chavan on the ‘paid news' issue — Mr. Lalit said the EC had jurisdiction to hear the case. He sought Mr. Chavan's disqualification under Chapter III and Section 10A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which deals with “Disqualification for failure to lodge account of election expenses.”

Sources said the argument was likely to continue on January 14 and that the EC's hearings should be over by the end of January.