A case against Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was registered on Monday in the State’s Murshidabad district as per the directions of the West Bengal State Election Commission for employing “undue influence in elections.”
“A case has been registered under Section 171 C of the IPC. Legal action is being taken in the matter,” Humayun Kabir, Superintendent of Police, Murshidabad district told The Hindu over telephone.
The complaint made to the State Election Commission was in connection with a speech by Mr. Chowdhury at a rally on October 27 at the district headquarters in Berhampore. It was organised by the State Congress leadership to protest “fabricated” charges against Mr. Chowdhury by the Trinamool Congress government.
In the complaint local Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that Mr. Chowdhury, the local Congress MP, had threatened Trinamool Congress supporters if they tried to ‘terrorise’ Congress workers and use unfair means during the elections.
Following the complaint the State Election Commission had sought a report from the District Magistrate. The DM sent it on November 1.
The Commission also went through the recordings of the Minister’s speech and directed the district’s returning officer to lodge a police complaint.
Elections to the Berhampore Municipality, along with four other municipalities in the State, are scheduled on November 22.
Charges against Mr. Chowdhury have also been brought in connection with the murder of a Trinamool Congress leader in May 2011. A district court has granted him anticipatory interim bail till November 16 in this connection.