Relief for Kiran Bedi, EC gives clean chit in double voter ID cards issue

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New Delhi, Jan 29:The Election Commission on Thursday gave clean chit to BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi for holding two voter identity cards with separate addresses.

The EC said Bedi had applied for vote transfer and it was a clerical error on the Commission's part.  It further said that information on its website had not been updated, say news reports.

File photo of Kiran Bedi

The Election Commission on Wednesday began an inquiry into the alleged violation of holding two voter IDs with different addresses by Bedi after AAP and Congress demanded a thorough probe into the issue.

AAP has taunted BJP that the party did not check its facts while alleging that AAP voters have multiple entries in the voters' list. The Congress levelled charges of fraud against the former IPS officer.

According to Election Commission's record, Bedi was issued separate voter identity cards with addresses in Uday Park and Talkatora Lane. When asked about the issue, Bedi refused to comment.

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Election Commission officials said procuring two voter identity cards was a "violation" and the entire issue is being inquired. They said the Commission was examining whether Bedi had applied for cancellation of the first card with Talkatora Lane as her address.

"We are inquiring into the issue and a final conclusion will be arrived at soon. Having two voter cards is a violation of law," said a senior election official.

He indicated that legal action may be initiated if it is found that Bedi has not applied for cancellation of one of her two voter identity cards.

The card with the Uday Park address carries the voter ID number TZD1656909 whereas the other one with the address 2 Kothi, Talkatora Lane has the number SJE0047969. Bedi has mentioned Uday Park in her nomination papers as her residential address.

While AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal demanded a thorough probe into the alleged violation by Bedi, Congress sought criminal action against her. "It should be investigated," Kejriwal said.

Chief Spokesperson of DPCC Mukesh Sharma said criminal case should be registered against Bedi for violation of law.

"A criminal case should be filed against Kiran Bedi for gross violation of law. We demand strong action against her," he said.

An AAP spokesperson said "BJP President Amit Shah had claimed that AAP voters' have multiple entries in the voters' list. Clearly they didn't check their facts."

OneIndia News
(With agency inputs)

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