The Asian Age

Pawar ink remark to be probed

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

A lo­cal court in Navi Mumbai has de­cided to con­duct an in­quiry by it­self into the al­leged remark made by Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar ask­ing peo­ple to re­move ink from their fin­ger and vote twice.

A mag­is­trate, pre­sid­ing over the court sit­u­ated at APMC in Navi Mumbai, ob­served that this court would con­duct an in­quiry into the mat­ter as au­tho­rised by law un­der Sec­tion 202 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code.

The judge also noted that the rea­son be­hind this decision was that as per his view the in­ves­ti­ga­tion done by the con­cerned po­lice was not fair.

The court is hear­ing a pri­vate com­plaint filed by Chan­du­lal Mu­lani in April. In the com­plaint, apart from Mr Pawar, the EC has also been made a re­spon­dent. Mr Mu­lani’s lawyer Ashish Giri has termed the decision apt.

He said, “We have full faith in a court con­ducted in­quiry.” He also added that other agen­cies could be prej­u­di­cial in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ad­vo­cate Giri also in­formed that the or­der was passed on Au­gust 27, but the cer­ti­fied copy of the or­der was made avail­able on Mon­day.

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