The district authorities seized nearly 13,000 "objectionable" political pamphlets, meant for free distribution for newspaper subscribers, from a shop at Club Market here on Monday night.
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Sushil Malik, who had raided the shop premises confirmed to HT on Tuesday the illegality as the pamphlets did not have the details of printer and it was targeted at a political party.
He refused to divulge further details.
On Sunday, newspaper subscribers across the city received pamphlets criticising Manohar Lal Khattar's nomination as the BJP candidate from Karnal assembly segment.
The printed material also carried photos of Khattar and local BJP MP Ashwini Chopra 'Minna' and termed them as outsiders who had snatched the rights of the BJP candidates from Karnal.
According to an estimation more than 40,000 illegal pamphlets had already been distributed on Sunday alone.
There is a resentment among the BJP district unit over Khattar's nomination.
Hindustan Times had reported the matter and the local unit of the BJP leadership had reacted sharply over the unsavoury incident.
While a section of the BJP sees it as a handiwork of unknown disgruntled insider, others opine that someone from the opposition may also behind the incident.
Station house officer of Civil Lines police station Lalit Kumar said that the printed material was recovered from the office of Abhay Patrika, shop no 10 at Club Market on Monday night.
"The pamphlets were meant to be distributed in the newspapers. We are working to find the printing press where it was published as it is a violation of Representation of People Act," said the SHO.
Meanwhile, sources said that the hawkers were paid Rs 500 each to insert the pamphlets in all newspapers distributed in the entire Karnal assembly constituency.
Karnal's senior deputy mayor and BJP leader Krishan Lal Garg, a complainant in the case, demanded to initiate criminal proceedings in the case.
"It was a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the BJP leadership ahead of the assembly polls. While a senior party leader and the BJP nominee Khattar was maligned, reputation of the sitting parliamentarian was also targeted in these pamphlets. We want action against the preparatory and all those assisted in the crime," said Garg.