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Probe charges against Rahul Gandhi: Election Commission

Posted on Nov 17, 06:13PM | IBNS

The Election Commission (EC) has directed Returning Officer of Amethi Lok Sabha constituency to investigate the allegations made by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy against Rahul Gandhi that the Congress general secretary gave 'wrong' information when he filed nomination papers during the 2009 general elections, media reports said on Saturday.

"As explained in the said letter, since the affidavit is filed before the Returning Officer, in view of the provisions of Section 195 of CrPC, it is the Returning Officer concerned, who is the competent authority to consider any complaint regarding false statement in the affidavit and to take appropriate follow up action, if the Returning Officer is satisfied that the affidavit contained false statement," read the letter written by the EC to the Chief Electoral Officer on Nov 15.

The Chief Electoral Officer was also ordered to forward the Janata Party chief's complaint to the Returning Officer.

"In view of the above, the representation submitted by Dr. Subramanian Swamy is forwarded herewith, in original, to be sent to the Returning Officer of Amethi Parliamentary Constituency, for appropriate action thereon as per the instructions in the Commission's letter dated 02.06.2004. referred to above," the letter written by Principal Secretary R K Srivastava said.

"The Commission may be informed of the action taken in this matter," the letter said.

Swamy alleged that Gandhi did not inform about his shares in Associated Journals when he filed the affidavit in 2009.