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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Lawyers demand FIR against Joshi for contesting poll on 'fake documents'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, February 28, 2014
First Published: 21:38 IST(28/2/2014) | Last Updated: 21:40 IST(28/2/2014)

Two local lawyers, Sandeep Gorsi and Vineet Mahajan, on Friday demanded that an FIR be registered against local bodies and medical education minister Anil Joshi for contesting the 2007 assembly elections "on the basis of fake documents and for making false declaration at the time of filing nomination papers".

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In a representation to the state DGP, SS Saini, the two lawyers said the FIR should be registered against Joshi under Sections 406, 409, 420, 467, 468, 471, 201 and 120-B of the IPC and other sections.

They have attached with their representation the copies of nomination papers filed by Joshi in January 2007 as the BJP candidate from the Amritsar North assembly constituency.

In Form-21 of the nomination papers, Joshi's vote is shown at serial number 1,546.

"The vote used by Joshi to contest the polls in 2007 is bogus and fabricated. We have pointed out this in our representation to the DGP," Gorsi and Mahajan said while addressing the media here on Friday. 

The two claimed that the address mentioned against Joshi's vote in the electoral rolls is of house no. 3, Panj Peer, New Golden Avenue.

This vote was made by the BJP leader in 2006, when the house mentioned in the electoral rolls was under construction, they claimed, pointing out that the owner of the house says that Joshi never lived in the New Golden Avenue locality.

The two lawyers had taken mediapersons to New Golden Avenue a couple of days back. The area residents, including house owner, Parveen Kaur, had confirmed that the house was under construction in 2006 and it was never rented out once it was complete.

"It is quite clear that Joshi had forged documents to get his vote made from New Golden Avenue area in 2006. He committed an offence and used a bogus vote to contest the election and declared this vote in his nomination papers," they said.

The lawyers said it was on the basis of these "facts" that they were seeking registration of an FIR against the minister. The two said they had brought this to the notice of the chief election commissioner (ECI) as well.

They have also sought action against the election officials and against those who proposed Joshi's candidature.

"The officials helped Joshi and did not verify the details while accepting the nomination papers," they said, adding that they would move the high court if the DGP did not order registration of an FIR in the case.

The two lawyers had taken the issue of "dual vote case" involving Joshi and eight of his relatives before the Election Commission of India (ECI).

On the ECI directions, the district administration had to file a criminal complaint against the minister and his relatives before the court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) here. The court has already issued notices to the minister and his relatives under various provisions of the Representation of Peoples Act (RP Act).

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