New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday gave Congress president Rahul Gandhi a clean chit in the wake of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violation complaint by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after he termed Amit Shah a ‘murder accused’.
The EC in its statement said, “Complaint was examined in detail and after examination of the complete transcript of speech sent by the district electoral officer of Jabalpur, the Commission is of the considered view that no violation of the model code of conduct is made out.”
The Congress president, during a Lok Sabha Elections 2019 rally in Sihora district of Madhya Pradesh on April 23, had reportedly said, “Murder accused BJP chief Amit Shah. Wah, kya shaan hai! (Wow, what a glory!)”
Following the remark, the BJP had registered a complaint with the poll body against Rahul Gandhi.
Meanwhile, the remark had also prompted a strong rebuttal from Shah. Questioning the opposition leader’s ‘legal knowledge’, the BJP national president had said that the ‘fake’ charge was dismissed as ‘politically motivated’ by the court long ago.
“Let me tell you the gist of the order. I was slapped with a fake case and the court has already passed its order that it was a politically motivated allegation and was without any evidence. I don’t want to make any comment on the legal knowledge of Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
In 2014, a special court discharged Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter killing cases, holding there existed “no case” against him and that he had been implicated for ‘political reasons’.