FIR registered against Shivpal in Rae Bareli for violating EC norms
Rae Bareli, May 13 (UNI) Acting on the directives of the Election Commission, the district authorities today lodged an FIR against Uttar Pradesh PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav for violating election norms during the recently held by-election, in which AICC president Sonia Gandhi won by a record margin.
Mr Yadav, younger brother of chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, was found violating norms during campaigning when, in a speech, he said the Samajwadi Party government would give enough funds for the area if its candidate won the bypoll.
According to sources, the FIR was registered under Section 171-B of the IPC at the Industrial area police station in Rae Bareli.
Senior Congress leader and in-charge of UP Ashok Gehlot had filed a petition before the EC for violation of norms by Mr Yadav.
EC had ordered filing of the FIR against the minister on May 10.
Sources said a sealed CD had been given to the police for investigation, in which the entire speech was recorded.
The district authorities have also sent a compliance report to the EC, since today was the last day to file the report about the incident.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party UP unit president Ram Sharan Das maintained Mr Yadav had not violated norms as he was just promising the people about SP's plans if its candidate won the poll.
On the other hand, state Congress president Salman Khurshid said the issue showed that EC was committed to preventing vested interests from influencing elections.
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