Hit Wicket:FIR against Gambhir for rally without EC nod

Hit Wicket:FIR against Gambhir for rally without EC nod

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir. PTI File photo

The election pitch appeared to be a bit bouncy for cricketer-turned-BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir as he is facing one trouble after another with the latest being the Election Commission asking the police to file an FIR against him for holding an election rally without permission.

Delhi Police has initiated the process by lodging a complaint (kalandra) under relevant sections against Gambhir, the East Delhi candidate from BJP, on the direction by the Election Commission for "holding a rally in East Delhi without permission".
East Delhi Electoral Officer K Mahesh had instructed the police to file the case for organising the campaign rally in Jungpura on April 25.

His rival candidate from AAP, Atishi, tweeted, "First, discrepancies in nomination papers. Then, the criminal offence of having two voter IDs. Now, FIR for an illegal rally. My question to Gautam Gambhir:  When you don't know the rules, why play the game?"

The latest development came a day after Atishi approached the court against the cricketer accusing him of holding two voter IDs, a criminal offence. Earlier, she had filed objections to his nomination papers being accepted, citing discrepancies in his affidavit, which was overruled.

On Friday, Atishi filed a criminal complaint alleging that Gambhir has enrolled "deliberately" and "illegally" as a voter in at least two separate constituencies here -- Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar.

In his affidavit to the Returning Officer while filing his nomination, she claimed, Gambhir "concealed" the information that he was also registered to vote in Karol Bagh. This, she said, is punishable under the Representation of the People Act.

Gambhir had mentioned that he is only registered to vote in Rajinder Nagar seat but it was discovered that he was also registered to vote in Karol Bagh seat, she said adding that this also attracts disqualification as he has concealed this information.