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Electoral chief writes to Amritsar DC for FIR against Joshi

Punjab chief electoral office (CEO) VK Singh has written a letter to Amritsar deputy commissioner directing the registration of a criminal case against state local bodies minister Anil Joshi for having two votes, one each in Amritsar and Tarn Taran. Joshi also reportedly concealed this fact from the election commission authorities while filing his 2012 assembly election nomination.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 14, 2014 15:09 IST
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Punjab chief electoral office (CEO) VK Singh has written a letter to Amritsar deputy commissioner directing the registration of a criminal case against state local bodies minister Anil Joshi for having two votes, one each in Amritsar and Tarn Taran. Joshi also reportedly concealed this fact from the election commission authorities while filing his 2012 assembly election nomination.


Staff at the CEO's office said that the letter was sent on the recommendation of the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Joshi will be booked for fraud, cheating and for violating Section 31 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Sections 17 and 18 of the Act specify that no one can be registered as a voter at more than one place, Section 31 pertains to a contesting candidate making a false declaration, in writing, before the election authorities at the time of filing nomination papers that he or she is a registered voter at only one place or in one assembly/parliamentary constituency.

In its January 27 order, the ECI had asked the Punjab CEO to 'take necessary action against Joshi and others accordingl and that all information in this regard should be reported to the ECI within 30 days'.

On Wednesday, the opposition Congress had demanded Joshi's resignation after his indictment by the ECI, which had ordered the registration of a criminal case against him.