EC orders FIR against Rahul Gandhi for TV interview
NEW DELHI, 13th Dec:
The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered filing of an FIR against Congress president elect Rahul Gandhi for giving an interview to a TV channel in Gujarat in violation of the 48-hour ban on campaigning, as well as against all TV channels that telecast the interview across districts going to the polls on Thursday. The EC, in a notice sent to Rahul Gandhi, said that the interview fell within the definition of "election matter" under Section 126(3) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the display of which "within 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll, amounts to violation of the prohibition contained in Section 126(1)(b) of R P Act". It further said that the Congress chief, by giving such interview and its display on TV channels on Wednesday, had "prima facie violated...provisions of para 1(4) of the model code of conduct, Section 126(1)(b) of the R P Act and Election Commission's lawful instructions in this regard".