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‘Revenge’ speech FIR on Modi aide

Amit Shah

April 6: Narendra Modi’s key aide Amit Shah was booked today by Bijnore police in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly inciting the public with his controversial “revenge” remark.

“A case has been lodged under various sections of the IPC by the district magistrate regarding some objectionable parts in Shah’s speech,” chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha said in Lucknow.

Uttar Pradesh poll authorities have sent the CD of the remark made by Shah in Muzaffarnagar, scarred by communal riots last September, along with a report of the district election officer to the Election Commission in Delhi.

Shah, who is not contesting the Lok Sabha polls, had said that the election, especially in western Uttar Pradesh, was “an election for honour. It is an election to take revenge for the insult. It is an election to teach a lesson to those who have committed injustice”.

Shah was booked under Section 153 of the IPC (inciting people) and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act (promoting enmity between different classes).

Anish Ahmad Ansari, the Bijnore SSP, said the FIR was lodged on a written complaint by district sub-divisional magistrate Ashutosh Agnihotri.

Some charges against Shah are that he promoted enmity between groups on grounds of religion, “committed acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony” and disturbed public tranquillity.

If convicted, he could face a jail term of up to five years and be slapped with a fine. The police did not rule out the possibility of arrest.

Sources said the Election Commission was likely to take a call on Shah tomorrow.

The BJP said the FIR was not bona fide but was motivated by vote bank politics.