Giving a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Gujarat police Friday filed a closure report in a metropolitan court here in a case of alleged violation of model code of conduct during the Lok Sabha election.
“We have filed a closure summary report before the metropolitan court number 11 here today,” a senior officer of the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) said.
The closure summary maintaining that no case was made out against Modi was filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate M H Patel. To a question whether Modi has been given a clean chit in the case that was filed on the instructions of the Election Commission, he replied in the affirmative. An FIR was registered against Modi, who was then the Gujarat Chief Minister, following a directive from the poll panel for allegedly violating provisions of the Representation of People Act on April 30 this year.
Modi had triggered a controversy when he addressed a press conference immediately after casting his vote at a school in Ranip area of Ahmedabad, part of party veteran LK Advani’s Gandhinagar seat, where he prominently displayed the BJP’s election symbol lotus. Accusing him of violating the election law, the Congress party had filed a complaint with the EC.
The poll panel’s order directing lodging of a complaint/FIR said Modi had violated the provisions of Sections 126 (1)(a) and 126 (l)(b) of
Representation of People Act, 1951. The maximum punishment under these provisions of RPA is up to two years imprisonment. The EC order had said, “The commission is of the view that by holding that meeting and also by addressing the same today when the polling is going on in the entire state of Gujarat and in different parts of the country, Narendra Modi has violated the provisions of Sections 126 (1)(a) and 126 (l)(b) of RP Act 1951.