Initiate criminal proceedings against ADG, CM’s political advisor: ECI
Additional director general (ADG) of police Anurag Gupta and Jharkhand chief minister’s political advisor Ajay Kumar are accused of adopting corrupt practices to influence 2016 Rajya Sabha biennial polls.ranchi Updated: Jun 24, 2017 20:26 IST
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked the state chief secretary to initiate criminal proceedings against additional director general (ADG) of police Anurag Gupta and Jharkhand chief minister’s political advisor Ajay Kumar for allegedly adopting corrupt practices to influence 2016 Rajya Sabha biennial polls.
BJP candidates Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Mahesh Poddar bagged the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand, election of which was held on June 11 last year. Out of total 81 MLAs, 79 cast their votes while JMM legislator Charma Linda and Congress legislator Devendra Singh failed to exercise their franchise.
Soon after the elections, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Progressive) chief Babulal Marandi brought horse trading charges against the ruling BJP alleging that some people at the helm of power adopted corrupt practices to influence the legislators to secure their votes in favour of BJP candidates. He filed a complaint with the ECI annexing with it a compact disc (CD) that contained telephonic conversations between ADG Anurag Gupta, CM’s political advisor Ajay Kumar and a former Congress minister Yogendra Sao whose wife Nirmala Devi is a sitting legislator.
Finding the allegations prima facie true, the ECI issued a letter to the state chief secretary on June 13, 2017, asking her to immediately initiate departmental disciplinary action against the accused persons for misuse of official position, interference in elections, breach of conduct/service rules and other relevant offences.
The commission further clarified that the matter was also related to bribery and corruption, appropriate criminal proceedings under Sections 171 B (bribery) and 171 C (undue influence at elections) and under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act be initiated against the accused.
The commission pointed out that it received written statements of two sitting legislators of Jharkhand assembly namely Chamra Linda and Nirmala Devi. The preliminary verification of their statements indicates that a prima facie case is made out against the accused, the commission mentioned in the letter that encloses copies of the written statements of the two legislators.
First Published: Jun 24, 2017 20:26 IST