Probe against Modi begins, may get clean chit
BJP prime ministerial candidate can breathe a sigh of relief, as Gujarat Police, which has begun the investigation in violation of model code of conduct case registered against Narendra Modi, today said the prima facie suggests that his conversation with the media took 100 metres away from the polling booth.
Gujarat Chief Minister courted controversy yesterday when he waved the party's election symbol "lotus" and addressed media immediately after casting his vote at a school in Ranip, Gandhinagar. Election Commission directed Ahmedabad Crime Branch to register two FIRs under Section 126 (1) (a) and 126 (1) (b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
Section 126 (1) (a) prohibits holding of a public meeting or address in connection with an election and 126 (1) (b) bans displaying any election matter by means of cinematograph or television. If found guilty, the convict could face a jail term of up to two years or fine or both.
Sources in the crime branch told UNI here that the investigation was on, but the initial evidences were suggesting that the Mr Modi was at least 100 metres away from the polling booth. The sources added that that it would be difficult to establish whether mediapersons present over there were called by Mr Modi, however, he could be called for questioning.
The police have also registered a case against networks which aired Modi's press conference.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)