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Sunny Deol gets Election Commission notice as his poll expenses cross ₹70 lakh limit

Newly-elected BJP MP and Hindi cinema actor Sunny Deol arrives for the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha at Parliament House in New Delhi on June 17, 2019.

Newly-elected BJP MP and Hindi cinema actor Sunny Deol arrives for the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha at Parliament House in New Delhi on June 17, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol, BJP MP from Punjab’s Gurdaspur, has been issued a statutory letter to explain his 2019 Lok Sabha election-related expenditure, an official said on Wednesday.

Gurdaspur District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujjwal told The Hindu: “We have issued a statutory letter of accounts reconciliation to Mr. Deol among other candidates and such letter is issued to every candidate after 26 days of result declaration. If any discrepancy is found then the concerned candidate is given the chance to explain.”

A source privy to the matter said that in the ‘shadow registers’ maintained by the Election department, the poll expenditure of Mr. Deol had been estimated to be above ₹70 lakh, which was the statutory limit of expenditure during the poll.

“We can’t give any figure for anyone unless reconciliation of account has taken place. We maintain record of expenditure during the election then after the results are declared we issue letter for reconciliation. If any discrepancy is found after the reply from the candidate then we issue a ‘notice’. It is a normal statutory process,” said Mr. Ujjwal.

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Printable version | Sep 18, 2020 7:48:18 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sunny-deols-poll-expenses-found-crossing-70-lakh-limit-issued-notice/article28075854.ece

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