Modi poll code breach: police to file ATR in 3 weeks

The police had lodged an FIR against Modi on April 30 for holding a public meeting soon after casting his vote in Ahmedabad and displaying the BJP's Lotus symbol.

August 05, 2014 07:00 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 08:05 pm IST - Ahmedabad

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 86th ICAR Foundation Day function in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav (PTI7_29_2014_000063B)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 86th ICAR Foundation Day function in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav (PTI7_29_2014_000063B)

A local court on Tuesday granted three weeks time to police to file an ‘action taken report’ in connection with an >FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly violating Representation of People Act on April 30 when Lok Sabha polls were held in Gujarat.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) M M Sheikh of Ahmedabad rural court passed the order on the application filed by Gujarat Police’s Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) seeking 15 days' time to submit the action taken report (ATR).

The court granted three weeks to the probing agency to submit the report on or before August 26, the next date of hearing.

The plea was filed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker Nishant Verma who had claimed that he filed an application before the state police seeking action against Modi for showing the party symbol on the poll day but they had lodged an incomplete FIR.

On April 30 this year, when the voting was underway on the 26 Lok Sabha seats of Gujarat, Modi had addressed a press conference immediately after stepping out of the polling booth where he cast his vote in Ranip area of the city and displayed his party’s lotus symbol.

On the directives of the Election Commission, the crime branch had lodged an FIR against Modi on April 30 under section 126(1)(a) of RP Act, for holding public meeting, and under section 188 of IPC, for violating election notification.

As per the section 126(1)(a), there is a prohibition of public meetings during period of 48 hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion of poll.

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