JVM(P)’s Ranchi Lok Sabha candidate Amitabh Choudhary had a tough time on Tuesday, with local media reporting that he has been running his election campaign from his official residence, which he is yet to vacate.
In addition to that, an FIR was lodged against him at the Angara police station in the outskirts of Ranchi city for allegedly holding a campaign meeting.
Choudhary, a former Additional Director General of Police who is also the current president of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association, is yet to vacate his official residence despite applying for retirement last year. On Tuesday, a Hindi news channel showed a group of people outside Choudhary’s residence and claimed that they were preparing for his campaign.
Choudhary admitted that he has not vacated the house but claimed no political activity happens within. “I have asked for, and received, permission from the government to let me stay at the house till April 30. No campaign-related activity goes on inside, though,” he said.
He also claimed that Angara meeting was not a campaign effort. “I was merely meeting people who have lost their jobs. I was trying to understand the problems of the unemployed,” he said.
Rajeev Kumar, a lawyer in the Jharkhand High Court, said that the government has not responded to multiple RTI applications regarding Choudhary’s residence. “An individual named Sudhir Oraon had filed many applications, but the relevant department is yet to provide an answer,” he said.
Jharkhand’s Chief Electoral Officer P.K. Jajoria said that no complaint has been registered regarding Choudhary’s official residence yet. “I have asked the channel for a copy of their video report, but it has not yet been provided. I have been appraised about the FIR in Angara, though,” he said.
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