New Delhi, Jan 24, 2020 : Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh on Friday evening ordered Delhi Police to file a case against Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kapil Mishra after a huge row over his ‘India vs Pak’ tweets that the Election Commission concluded “appeal to communal feelings”, Hindustan Times reported.
Ranbir Singh, who is the Election Commission’s point person for the Delhi assembly elections, told the police to register the case under Section 123 of the Representation of People’s Act that governs the conduct of elections. Section 123 of this law relates to corrupt practices in elections and bars people from promoting hatred between communities to affect the election.
Kapil Mishra, who was a minister in the outgoing Arvind Kejriwal government before a bitter falling out with Aam Aadmi Party leaders, had crossed over to the BJP and is the party’s candidate from Model Town.
Mishra had triggered a political firestorm yesterday with a string of tweets that compared the February 8 election to a ‘India vs Pakistan’ clash. In his other tweets and public statements that followed, Kapil Mishra had claimed that ‘mini-Pakistans’ were being created in Delhi and alleged that “Pakistani rioters are occupying the roads’.
The Model Town returning officer sent him a show-cause notice for his tweets last evening. As election officials waited for his formal reply, they also sent out a quick message to Twitter to take down his tweet that appeared to be designed to appeal to communal feelings.