Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday replied to the Election Commission notice over alleged model code violation with controversial remarks that Pakistan’s ISI was in touch with Muzaffarnagar riot victims, denying the charge.

Mr. Gandhi’s reply came in a sealed enveloped to CEC a little ahead of the 11:30 am deadline set by the poll body.

The EC had issued a notice to Mr. Gandhi on October 31 for his speeches in which he had said ISI was in touch with Muzaffarnagar riot victims and charged BJP with indulging in politics of hatred.

The Commission, after examining Mr. Gandhi’s speeches made in Churu and Indore, had asked him to explain why action should not be initiated against him for prima facie violating the model code of conduct.

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