Cong to move HC on Rahul road show case

Leaders suspect play by Maya to defame Gandhi

The Congress is likely to move the High Court to seek quashing of the FIR against party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, for alleged violation of model conduct.

An FIR was lodged against Gandhi and 40 others for flouting norms in a road show in Kanpur on Monday.

Local Congress leaders alleged that the FIR was a ploy by UttarPradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati to malign the Congress leader.

Speaking to reporters at Kanpur, party general secretary Digvijay Singh said that the party would move the High court for getting the First Information Report quashed.

He also said that so far the party had not received any notice from the district administration regarding violation of the code of conduct.

Union minister and senior congress leader Kapil Sibal also accused the administration of making an attempt to prevent Rahul from undertaking his “mass contact programme” under instructions from Mayawati.

Addressing a press conference here, Sibal said that the administration had given permission for the programme on Friday but withdrew it at the eleventh hour.

“It knew that Mahashivratri festival was there on Monday,” he said. An FIR was registered at Cantonment police station at Kanpur against Rahul and some other party leaders for allegedly breaching section 144 during the former’s road show on Monday.
They have been booked under Section 188 of IPC for violating prohibitory orders (Section 144) and sections 283 (danger or obstruction in public way) and 290 (public nuisance).

“Section 144 was in force in the areas, where the road show was held...the route had been changed owing to the festival of Mahashivratri and movement of Central forces from the fourth phase polling areas to the fifth phase areas,” district magistrate Hari Om said.

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