A day after polling for Lok Sabha in Haryana concluded, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Yogendra Yadav was indicted of violation of model code of conduct. The violation attracts a fine of Rs 2,000 or six months in jail, or both.
Yadav is contesting from Gurgaon parliamentary constituency. The District Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (DMCMC), Gurgaon, held Yadav guilty of violating the model code.
The committee found that AAP’s supporters and workers had published and distributed a newspaper — Aap Ki Kranti — without proper registration.
Considering it a violation of the MCC, the committee decided to add the cost of newspaper into the election expenditure of Yadav. The committee recommended action according to the law for distribution of an unregistered newspaper.
According to Section 15 of Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, any person who prints or publishes a newspaper without following the rules, may be punished with fine not exceeding Rs 2,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.
Chairman of the committee Shekhar Vidyarthi has also marked an inquiry to the Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) concerned to find out if the newspaper was registered and has directed him to take action accordingly.
“As far as the expenditure of the newspaper is concerned, the committee has decided to take cost at market rate — Rs 3 per copy. For 50,000 copies, the total cost comes to Rs 1.5 lakh, which will be added to the candidates’ election expenditure,” a DMCMC official said.
The newspaper carried reports on a survey showing AAP having an edge over the other political parties in the fray. A notice was served to Yadav by the committee on April 7.
Yadav submitted his reply on April 9 and contended that “Aap Ki Kranti” was not a newspaper but only a pamphlet that was published for distribution among AAP workers and was not meant for the public.