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The Election Commission, on Saturday, has directed the Delhi Police to file an FIR against Gautam Gambhir, Bharatiya Janta Party’s (BJP) candidate from East Delhi, for holding a rally in East Delhi without permission. Gambhir had not sought permission for the rally held in Delhi’s Jangpura on April 25, which violated the Model Code of Conduct.

The former Indian opener is contesting on a BJP ticket from East Delhi parliamentary constituency where he is pitted against Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely and AAP’s Atishi.

Earlier on Friday, AAP had accused Gautam Gambhir of having two voter ID Cards which is also a criminal offence. Delhi court had said on Friday that it will hear the criminal complaint filed by AAP leader Atishi on May 1, against the former cricketer for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation of the Representation of the People Act (RPA).

The complaint seeking directions to police to investigate the matter has been put up for consideration before Metropolitan Magistrate Viplav Dabas. The complaint has alleged that Gambhir, the East Delhi BJP candidate, has enrolled “deliberately” and “illegally” as a voter in at least two separate constituencies, which are Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar.

The plea, filed by advocate Mohd Irshad on Thursday, further alleged that Gambhir had provided false information in his nomination papers, accompanying affidavit and other documents preceding voter screening and registration in order to be seen as qualified to contest elections and potentially secure membership of the Parliament.

The complainant Atishi, who is the AAP candidate from the same constituency, had also said in the complaint that the details of Gambhir’s registration in the constituencies were available online on the Election Commission’s National Voters’ Service Portal.

Both Atishi and Gambhir filed earlier this week their nominations papers for the elections on May 12. It was on March 22, Gambhir joined Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union Minister Arun Jaitley. However, Delhi will go poll for all its 7 seats on May 12.

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