Modi case: Crime Branch to go the distance

The Ahmedabad Crime Branch probing violation of the model code of conduct by Narendra Modi will conduct a spot check of the area where he addressed a press conference displaying the BJP symbol ‘Lotus’. After an initial probe, police had claimed that the conference spot appeared to be more than the permissible 100 metres away from the booth.

However, a final check has to be completed. According to the FIR 305/14 registered under Police Inspector H A Rathod, Modi’s name is mentioned as an accused for disobedience of the order given by a public servant under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 126 (1) (a) and 126 (1) (b) of the Representation of the People Act.

Modi held a press conference opposite the school in Ramol where he voted on April 30, which led to the controversy.  For the police, besides the press conference near a polling booth, the bigger issue is the probe against sporting the party symbol in a public area near the polling booth in a city where lakhs were yet to vote that day.   Sources said sporting of the party symbol was considered a more serious offence as per the rules of the Election Commission.

The police, however, only have the video footage of the event as evidence to show that Modi was sporting the symbol while clicking a ‘selfie’ and later while addressing the media.  The findings of the report would be handed over to Election Commission.