Cong at­tacks ousted Farid­abad DC

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Even as the Congress on Tues­day at­tacked ousted Farid­abad deputy com­mis­sioner Atul Ku­mar for ap­point­ing Amit Atri, a pri­vate univer­sity em­ployee, as the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer at Asaoti polling sta­tion in vi­o­la­tion of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Peo­ple Act, facts run con­trary to the charge.

Atri was placed un­der sus­pen­sion by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion for dere­lic­tion of duty fol­low­ing com­plaints of elec­toral mal­prac­tice at the polling sta­tion.

The EC had also shifted DC Atul Ku­mar for his fail­ure to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion on the in­ci­dent.

Congress leg­is­la­tor Karan Dalal on Tues­day fired a fresh salvo ac­cus­ing Atul Ku­mar of play­ing into the hands of the rul­ing BJP by ap­point­ing Atri as pre­sid­ing of­fi­cerm de­spite the lat­ter be­ing an em­ployee of a pri­vate univer­sity, Manav Rachna Univer­sity.

How­ever, facts do not sup­port Dalal’s al­le­ga­tions.

Sec­tion 159 of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Peo­ple Act says that ev­ery univer­sity es­tab­lished or in­cor­po­rated by or un­der a cen­tral, pro­vin­cial or state Act would make avail­able such staff as may be nec­es­sary for the per­for­mance of any du­ties in con­nec­tion with an elec­tion when so re­quested by the chief elec­toral of­fi­cer.

“Thus, the univer­sity staff could be req­ui­si­tioned and put on elec­tion duty, in ad­di­tion to em­ploy­ees of cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments,’’ said the EC hand­book on re­turn­ing of­fi­cers.

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion had on Mon­day or­dered a re-poll at Asaoti polling sta­tion fol­low­ing com­plaints elec­toral mal­prcat­ice.

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