Let the law take its course, says Mehbooba Mufti

Published on May 04, 2004 08:02 PM IST

The PDP chief said her action during second round of polling was taken in the capacity of a responsible citizen.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Srinagar

The law should take its course if the Election Commission felt that an action should be taken against her for "exposing a bogus voter," ruling PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Tuesday reacting to EC's order to file an FIR against her for "intimidating" a voter.

"Election Commission has its own credibility and if it feels that action should be taken against me for exposing a bogus voter, let the law take its course," Mehbooba, who is a candidate from south Kashmir Anantnag parliamentary constituency, said.

The PDP chief said her action during the second round of polling for Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 26 was taken in the capacity of a responsible citizen.

"As a responsible citizen, I challenged the woman as she had already made two futile attempts to cast her vote at Burn Hall polling station in Sonawar," she said.

In a jolt to PDP, the EC on Tuesday ordered filing of an FIR against Mehbooba for allegedly intimidating voters on the April 26 phase of polls in the state.

EC spokesman AN Jha said there were complaints from the state alleging that Mehbooba had gone to a polling station and intimidated voters and allegedly pulled the veil from the face of a woman voter.

"The EC has asked the concerned authorities there to file an FIR against her for intimidating voters under Section 171(c) of IPC", EC Spokesman AN Jha told reporters after a full Commission meeting.

He said there were complaints from the State alleging that Mehbooba had gone to a polling station and intimidated voters and allegedly pulled the veil from the face of a voter.

Jha said the Commission had also received a report from the authorities.

The National Conference had filed a complaint with the election authorities after Mehbooba had gone inside a polling booth at Burn Hall school and lifted veil of a woman.

In its complaint, the party had alleged that Mehbooba had abused her power by storming the polling booth along with her security guards and threatened the voters.

After lodging the complaint with the state election office, the NC had threatened to boycott the subsequent phases of polls if the EC failed to take note of their complaint.

Following this the state election commission conducted an enquiry and submitted its report to the EC.

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