Haryana youth and sports minister to be tried in bogus voters case
Although the General Elections 2014 have ended and everything is settling now, but the political drama is going on in Haryana, Gurgaon. On Monday, a court gave its verdict that Haryana youth and sports minster Sukhbir Kataria and 27 other people would be tried in court for using fake documents to make fraudulent list of voters in order to win the 2009 Assembly elections.
It was the police, who initiated the investigation and filed a preliminary inquiry report in a court of judicial magistrate Ashok Kumar on July 7, making the fraud allegations. As per the report, which was submitted by the police, the court felt that the alleged people should be tried under the sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC, on charges of cheating, preparing and using fake documents and hatching criminal conspiracy.
As was reported by timesofindia.com, a number of activists including the Right to Information (RTI) activist OP Kataria had filed a complaint on February 21, 2013 demanding police action and against the accused in the case. The report from the police is to be submitted and the case would be heard on July 30 in court.
9 police complaints have been made against the minister in various police stations of Haryana for fraudulent activity of making bogus voter list. The story goes that the accused Kataria was an independent candidate and won the Gurgaon assembly elections by a very small margin of 2,138 votes. He supported the Hooda government and secured his ministerial position.
The rivals of the candidate soon wanted police to investigate the voter list and sure enough a number of fake voters were found on the list, which were found to be relatives of the minister. Talking about the case, a petitioner said, ''Despite nine FIRs and six summons for his alleged involvement in doctoring voter lists, the district administration has not shown any willingness to corner Sukhbir. He has been using his influence and political connections to evade arrest. We're surprised the minister is still in the state cabinet.''
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