A local court has ordered the city police to submit a report explaining the status of an application against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on the charge of hiding facts under oath.
“Submit a report before the court within three weeks on the status of the investigation,” additional chief judicial magistrate MM Sheikh ordered the police while acting upon a plea moved by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activist Nishant Verma.
Verma had earlier approached the Ranip police station seeking to file an FIR against Modi for allegedly hiding information about his marital status in his affidavit during the 2012 Gujarat assembly elections.
Verma had also sought action to be taken against PK Jadeja, the Maninagar Vidhan Sabha seat’s returning officer for the 2012 assembly election, while naming him in the FIR.
For the first time, Narendra Modi revealed in an affidavit filed along with his nomination for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat that he was married and his wife’s name was Jashodaben.
Since the city police did not seem keen to entertain Aam Aadmi Party activist Nishant Verma’s application against the Gujarat chief minister, he approached the court on Wednesday. Verma had also written a letter to chief electoral officer of Gujarat, Anita Karwal, seeking stern action against Modi. .
In the application before the police, charges have been included under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which stands for giving false statements, false evidence under oath, abetting a false statement or evidence and cheating or dishonestly inducing delivery of property, respectively.