An Ahmedabad court today has declared that though Narendra Modi has committed an Offence by not disclosing the marital status details in his affidavit submitted during his candidature application for Gujarat assembly elections in 2012, the FIR cannot be registered now and the case cannot be pursued as there is a time limit to make such complaints. Nishant Verma, an AAP leader had lodged the complaint in April this year, after Modi declared Jashodaben as his wife for the first time in his life.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate MM Sheikh of Ahmedabad (rural) court has declared that “an offence is committed under section 125(A)(3) of Representation of People (RP) Act by not disclosing facts” about Modi’s marital status. Any offence related to this case may attract a six months imprisonment. However, as per CrPC section 468(2)(B), such complaint should have been made within one year limit. As the limit is exceeded in case of this complaint by about four months, “cognizance of complaint cannot be taken and an FIR can not be lodged now,” declared the court.
“We will challenge the verdict. Even the court has said an offence was committed by Modi. Now, we are thinking of filing an application in the Supreme Court,” complainant Nishant Verma’s lawyer KR Koshti said.