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CM gets EC rap
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 13
The Election Commission today issued notice to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for allegedly threatening and intimidating election officials and violating the model code of conduct with regard to the use of vehicles, beacons and sirens during campaigning in the Kinnaur constituency.

After seeking reports on the complaints received in this regard, the commission found that Yashpal, DSP, CM’s security, arrived at Kinnaur with two vehicles, including a state police pilot vehicle fitted with a beacon and two sirens, a Mahindra Scorpio (HP 07 B 1400) having a red light atop for which no permission had been obtained from the authorities concerned, for use in the election campaign.

The commission concluded that bringing a private vehicle for campaign from Shimla without the permission of the CEO was in violation of the instructions of the commission. It also received a report that the vehicles were used as pilot vehicles during the campaign on November 11 and 12 even after the district administration’s action.

Moreover, during a meeting with observers, the Chief Minister said detaining the vehicles fitted with red lights was illegal and cautioned the DC and the SP to “behave properly”. He was also reported to have said that the “model code of conduct is not a law and I know what the law is”.

The commission considered the issue and came to the conclusion that it was a case of interference in the election process and amounted to threatening and intimidating officials involved in the election process.

It asked the Chief Minister to file a reply by November 15 (11 am).

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