Delhi Police Files Complaint Against BJP's New Face Gautam Gambhir for Holding Rally Without Permit
The commission said Gambhir, who recently joined the BJP, did not seek permission for his April 25 rally in Delhi’s Jangpura, thus violating the Model Code of Conduct.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Saturday lodged a formal complaint against Gautam Gambhir, BJP's East Delhi Lok Sabha seat candidate, for allegedly holding a public meeting in Jangpura without prior permission from authorities, officials said.
The complaint was lodged after East Delhi Returning Officer K Mahesh asked police to take action against the cricketer-turned politician for allegedly violating rules.
"We have initiated action against Gautam Gambhir under sections 28/110 of the Delhi Police Act," Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast), said.
The move came after the Election Commission asked that the FIR be registered against Gambhir.
Police have registered a "kalandra", which is a formal complaint lodged by police in a non-cognisable offence under the act which gives special power to the force, another officer said.
However, Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana claimed that permission was taken for Gambhir's event and it continued somewhat longer than the scheduled duration.
The party's legal department will take appropriate steps in the matter, Khurana said.
On Thursday, the Aam Aadmi Party's Atishi had alleged that the former cricketer provided false information in his nomination papers. She claimed that Gambhir was a registered voter in Delhi's Karol Bagh as well as Rajinder Nagar, both of which fall under the Central Delhi parliamentary seat. The court will hear the case on May 1.
Gambhir is one of the richest candidates in Delhi, with an income of nearly Rs 12.4 crore in the income tax returns filed for 2017-18 and total assets worth Rs 147 crore. Atishi, Gambhir and Congress' Arvinder Singh Lovely have locked horns in a triangular contest in the East Delhi constituency.
Delhi goes to poll in sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 12 and the results would be declared on May 23.
(With inputs from PTI)
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