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District Cong chief Rajiv Raja booked for contesting elections on fake SC certificate

Following allegations of producing a fake Scheduled Caste (SC) certificate to contest youth Congress elections held last year, police booked district youth Congress chief Rajiv Raja for fraud on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2016 14:43 IST
HT Correspondent
Rajiv Raja, Youth Congress president
Rajiv Raja, Youth Congress president (HT Photo)

Following allegations of producing a fake Scheduled Caste (SC) certificate to contest youth Congress elections held last year, police booked district youth Congress chief Rajiv Raja for fraud on Tuesday.

On May 23, Congress rebel Gursimran Singh Mand submitted a complaint with police commissioner after which an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) was appointed to conduct an inquiry. After receiving the inquiry report, police chief directed to register a case against the youth leader.

Police have booked Raja — who is at large — under Sections 420 (fraud), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security and will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indiana Penal Code (IPC) at Haibowal police station.

The FIR of police stated that Rajiv Raja of Rishi Nagar had produced a fabricated SC certificate to contest youth Congress elections. Ludhiana seat was reserved for SC candidate and Raja won it by defeating Youth Congress leader Sunny Kainth, who id Ludhiana youth Congress vice-president.

Case is a political vendetta: Raja

Meanwhile, talking to HT over phone, Raja said registration of case against him is a political vendetta by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-led state government and police authorities.

“Youth Congress has successfully organised events in which PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh and other senior leader took part,” said Raja. “SAD-led state government cannot see the success of Congress in the state. So, they have targeted me to dent youth Congress.”

Raja said expelled Congress leader Mand was used to file a complaint against him.

“I have full faith in judiciary. I will come clean in the case. Earlier, also Scheduled Caste commission and other departments have given clean chit to me for similar allegations,” he said.

Case should be probed again: Gurpreet gogi

Fraud case against Ludhiana youth Congress chief Rajiv Raja has not only provided fuel to the opposition parties who would leave no stone unturned to take potshots at the party, but has also come as a major blow to many senior leaders who relied on the youth leader.

Case against Raja — a close aide of Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu and MLAs Surinder Dawar and Bharat Bhushan Ashu — has given a chance to SAD and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to criticise the party.

When contacted, district Congress chief Gurpreet Gogi said the case against Raja is a political vendetta and should be probed thoroughly.

Meanwhile, senior party leaders met police commissioner Jatinder Aulak requesting him to act leniently on the issue.

Sources said members of Sunny Kainth’s — Youth Congress vice-president — group distributed sweets at Gill Road after Raja was booked. The FIR registered against Raja said he described himself as SC under ‘Megh’ caste even though he belongs to ‘Chimba’ caste that comes under other backward classes (OBC) category.