RS poll ‘rigging’: Haryana Congress protests against ‘delay’ in FIR

The Chandigarh Police, however, claim that they are awaiting legal opinion on the matter and a decision will be taken soon.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: June 22, 2016 4:29:55 am

The Haryana Congress on Tuesday protested against the police “delay” in registering an FIR after they had complained that the Rajya Sabha elections in the state were rigged. The Chandigarh Police, however, claim that they are awaiting legal opinion on the matter.

In the meantime, the Haryana Chief Electoral Officer has asked the Congress and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) to appear for another hearing on Wednesday. Here, the Congress and INLD will give their observation on the video footage of the election that was shown in the last hearing.

On Tuesday, Congress led by party MLA Kiran Choudhary and accompanied by R K Anand went to the Sector 3 police station to register an FIR.

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“We gave a complaint on June 14, but no action has been taken since then,” said Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, maintaining that the Chandigarh Police is under pressure from the BJP government to not register the FIR. “We have submitted all evidence. Today, we waited for an hour at the police station, but the SHO was not there to hear our complaint. The police is avoiding us. An unbiased investigation is essential to restore the credibility of the Congress and its MLAs.”

UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said the police had sought legal opinion on the complaint and a decision on the FIR will be taken soon after receiving it.

The Congress claimed that BJP MLA Aseem Goyal and Indpendent MLA Jai Prakash had changed pens during the elections. They believe that this was the reason why their MLAs’ vote for Anand, who fought as an Independent, was held invalid.

The Congress has alleged that the BJP government was behind the conspiracy to ensure that Subhash Chandra got elected. Anand and Tanwar have already complained to the Election Commission of India. An inquiry by the Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana is ongoing.

In his complaint to the Chandigarh Police, Anand had sought a case against Goel, Prakash, Chandra and returning officer of Haryana Vidhan Sabha R K Nandal. In a reminder sent to the IG, Anand stated that an FIR be registered and action be initiated against the guilty .

In a statement issued today, Subhash Chandra has termed the complaint given against him as “frivolous in nature and based on whimsical assumptions without a shred of evidentiary backing”. He has said that the EC in Delhi had reviewed the proceedings post counting and after going through the same had given clearance to declare the results.

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