The first ever case on Narendra Modi, which he himself rued over in poll meetings in Andhra, was the result of the press meet after casting his vote in Gandhi Nagar on the 30th. The Gujarat police, in its preliminary investigation has announced that the contentious meet happened outside the restricted 100 meters zone.
“Just like any other case, we will investigate this case to find out the facts such as whether Modi was inside the 100-meter radius of the polling booth. Our preliminary probe revealed that authorities had marked that limit with a white strip outside the booth, and the press conference was outside that limit,” said a investigative officer of Gujarat police involved in the probe.
Representation of Peoples Act, section 126(1) (A) bans any political canvassing within hundred meters from the polling booth. The Election Commission lodged a complaint against Modi under this section, and another CRPC section 144 which prohibits gathering of persons more than four in number when prohibitory orders are invoked under the section. The RP 126(1)(A), if proven attracts a two year imprisonment.
A case on all those television channels that have telecast Modi’s meeting, are also booked under section 126(1)(B). As it is a non-cognizable offence, the police will approach the court to be instructed on proceeding with it.