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Delhi Police file FIR against Gautam Gambhir for holding rally without permission

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir addresses a press conference after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, in New Delhi. File

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir addresses a press conference after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, in New Delhi. File

Delhi Police on Saturday booked cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir under the Delhi Police Act for holding a public rally without permission on April 25.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern range) Devesh Srivastava said that police received a complaint from the East Delhi Returning Officer (RO) that Mr. Gambhir had held a public meeting without permission.

Mr. Gambhir held a rally in Delhi's Jangpura on April 25 after which Election Commission of India directed the RO to approach the police.

"Photographs of the event were also given after which he was booked under 28/112 Delhi Police Act," Mr. Srivastava said.

Reacting to the direction, Aam Admi Party candidate Atishi tweeted, "First, Discrepancies in nomination papers. Then, Criminal offence of having 2 voter IDs. Now, FIR for illegal rally. My question to @GautamGambhir: When you don't know the rules, why play the game?"


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