The Lucknow district administration on Thursday filed FIR against BJP office-bearers and others in connection with inflammatory CD, which was released by the leader of Opposition Lalji Tandon on April 3. The FIR has been registered at the Hazratganj police station on the instructions of the Election Commission.
Talking to newsmen here on Thursday the additional chief electoral officer Mritunjay Kumar Narayan said that the commission had received complaint about the controversial CD. He said prima facie it was established that CD contained inflammatory content against a particular community. The case had been filed under section 295 (A), 298, 505, 153 (A) and (B) of IPC and 125 of Representatives of People’s Act. Narayan said the CD was aimed at creating hatred and communal tension at the time of election. He said no BJP leader had been named in the FIR but they could be included during the investigation. He said the commission would keep watch on the police investigation. He said under section 125 of the RP Act there was provision of three years jail and fine. According to the FIR the CD could lead tension between the communities. The FIR said that preparation of the CD and its distribution was prima facie a criminal act.
The Firozabad administration also registered an FIR against Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan for delivering inflammatory speech at a public meeting on April 3. Narayan said case had been registered after examining video of the programme.
It may be mentioned that former Prime Minister VP Singh met the chief election commission N Gopalaswami in Delhi to demand action against the BJP for releasing the CD. Singh said the BJP for electoral gains had been trying to vitiate communal harmony. Singh told the commission that CD had already been distributed in the state and its release by Lalji Tandon was just a formality. Demanding de-recognition of the BJP the ex-PM also called upon the people to ignore the CD. The state Samajwadi Party president Ram Saran Das in a memorandum to the commission also demanded action against the BJP.