Rahul Gandhi in polling booth: EC directs further probe

The Election Commission on Friday ordered a further probe into a factual report on allegations that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, a candidate from Amethi, had violated rules by going to the polling area inside some booths in the constituency during balloting.

Last Updated: May 09, 2014, 22:16 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday ordered a further probe into a factual report on allegations that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, a candidate from Amethi, had violated rules by going to the polling area inside some booths in the constituency during balloting.

Amid BJP`s criticism, the EC today ordered further probe to ascertain whether Rahul Gandhi violated electoral law by entering the EVM area of polling booths during balloting in his constituency Amethi.

On Wednesday, Rahul was seen entering polling area inside some booths in Amethi constituency.

The Commission is expecting a report by Monday and could consider the issue the same day.

After a marathon meeting here this evening, the Election Commission decided to order further investigation by senior officials attached with the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh before taking any decision, an EC official told PTI.

"The matter will be processed after receipt of the report," he said.

Election Commissioner HS Brahma earlier today said the poll body is taking a decision and "not trying to avoid" it.

"We are not trying to avoid...The information is coming from 4-5 places. I can tell you honestly that we will take a decision...We have sought for information on this. It either must have come or may be on the way," he said.

"It is a matter of fact (that Rahul was) seeing the EVM in a polling station," Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath had yesterday said at a press conference.

"We have asked for a factual report and as soon as it is received further action will be taken," he said.

He said this particular instance will be examined vis-a-vis the law (Representation of the People Act).

Sampath was asked whether there are some grey areas in the law as well as the Model Code of Conduct in dealing with such matters.
"Definitely, wherever there is a grey area that will have to be spelt out....In this case which is relating to violation of secrecy and voting, etc., they are covered by law. We will examine (it) with reference to law and take action," he said.