New Delhi: Taking cognizance of the report submitted by Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash regarding the huge gathering of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Election Commission suspended the SHO of Gautampalli police station on charges of dereliction of duty.
SHO Dinesh Singh Bisht has been suspended with immediate effect for gross negligence in discharge of duties.
According to the report, the Election Commission has sought an explanation from the Chief Electoral Officer of UP, Akhilesh Singh, ACP of Lucknow as well as the Returning Officer of Lucknow Central Assembly Constituency Govind Maurya, regarding the implementation of the COVID-19 norms and the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Indian Penal Code. Why action should not be taken against them for failing to implement the relevant provisions of the The deadline for giving clarification has been set at 11 am on Saturday.
A huge crowd gathered in the SP office on Friday when Akhilesh Yadav called for former leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party to join his party. Later, a team of Lucknow Police visited the party office claiming violation of the model code of conduct of the Election Commission as well as the COVID-19 protocol.
The Election Commission had barred political parties from physically campaigning till January 14 amid fears of an Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country, but the SP violated this directive.
The Lucknow DM also said that the event was organized at the SP office without prior permission of the officials and an FIR was registered for breaking section 144 and under the Epidemic Act. Case registered under Section 144, 269, 270, 341, 188, 54 Disaster Management Act 3 Epidemic Act Epidemic Act.
Responding to this, SP UP chief Naresh Uttam Patel said that there was a crowd at the doors and markets of BJP ministers, but they have a problem with us.
Violation of the Election Commission’s order gave the BJP an opportunity to attack Akhilesh Yadav and his party and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described the SP members as corrupt, dishonest and not following any rule or law.
first published:Jan. 15, 2022, 10:54 a.m.