Apr 12, 2007 at 01:19pm IST

EC to hear BJP CD case today

New Delhi: The BJP is in the eye of a storm elsewhere too - the Election Commissions holds its third hearing in the controversial BJP CD case on Thursday.

In Wednesday's hearing failed to take off on the demands for the BJP's de-recognition, as it was bogged down by the party's resistance to Election Commissioner Navin Chawla's presence, alleging the possibility of bias.

The Election Commission hearing in the controversial CD case on Wednesday took a different turn with the BJP strongly objecting to the participation of EC Navin Chawla in the proceedings apprehending his "bias" against it.

CD ROW: The BJP objecting to the participation of EC Navin Chawla in the proceedings.

The hearing was adjourned on Wednesday with the EC asking the BJP to submit copies of complaints against Chawla to Cong, BSP, CPM and Jan Morcha.

The hearing on Thursday could be further charged by the latest controversy regarding a print ad campaign launched by the BJP in some Hindi dailies that are already being seen as a borderline case of communal provocation.

"The party has submitted a petition before the Commission against a member against the presence of a member against whom 205 NDA MPs had made a representation before the President. Another petition against him is before the Supreme Court. There is a reasonable like hood of bias and that member should not take part in the hearing," PTI quoted BJP spokesman Ravi Shanker Prasad as saying after the hearing on Wednesday.

He said the party also placed before the EC laws and rulings of the apex court to substantiate the case.

One of the precedents cited was the Supreme Court ruling barring former CEC T N Seshan from hearing a case against AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa who had alleged a nexus between Seshan and wife of Subramnayam Swami, the complainant in the case.

With agency inputs