Punjab polls: FIR against Sonu Sood for ‘inciting voters to vote for his sister Malvika Sood in Moga’ : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Kulwinder Sandhu

Moga, February 21

In a late night development after seeking the opinion of the Electoral Commission, Moga Police filed an FIR under Section 188 of the IPC for breaching restraining orders issued by the District Magistrate regarding the model code of conduct for assembly elections.

In FIR, Sonu was accused of campaigning to influence voters in favor of his sister Malvika Sood. She is contesting the election on the Moga Congress ticket.

It was alleged that Sonu was not a voter in the assembly constituency of Moga, therefore, he was not allowed to move around and ‘influence’ voters or campaign for any political party or a candidate.

It is worth mentioning that the Electoral Commission on Sunday prevented Sonu Sood from going to polling stations in Moga following complaints that he was influencing voters.

The car he was traveling in was confiscated by the police and he was told to return to his residence and stay there.

Yesterday, local officials claimed that Sonu Sood was going from one polling station to another, which some political parties found objectionable, due to which, he was asked to return and stay at his residence.

However, in the FIR, there was no mention of any complaint against him. A police officer, Harpreet Singh, Election Service Representative claimed he got secret information from an informant that Sonu was campaigning for his sister. When he (the police officer) arrived on the scene, Sonu was found sitting in a car outside a polling station in the village of Landeke.

Before leaving for Mumbai, Sonu Sood however denied the allegations. “I am a permanent resident of Moga city. I was born and raised here. I own a house and some shops in Moga. How could I be a foreigner,” he asked. “I didn’t ask anyone to vote for my sister or campaign for her on election day,” he claimed.

“The Akali candidate, Barjinder Singh Brar alias Makhan Brar, was threatening our workers sitting in the party booth outside the polling station, which was set up with the permission of the Election Commission.

“I came out to boost the morale of our workers who were sitting in the party booth to ensure a free and fair ballot for the assembly election,” he said while adding that he did not hadn’t even got out of his car.

Sonu said, “We have filed a complaint against Makhan Brar with the Election Commission and the local government for legal action, but no action has been taken against him.”

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