ECI serves notice on CS, DGP, PS Home

Bhopal: The Congress on Saturday filed a complaint with Election Commission of India ( ECI) and MP CEO, Jaideep Govind seeking action against chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for deputing 300 police jawans of special branch of MP police to carry out survey for the ruling BJP and ‘ spying’ on the Congress candidates, prompting the ECI to serve notices to chief secretary, DGP and principal secretary of home.

MPCC vice president Manak Agrawal, with spokesmen JP Dhanopiya and Vinit Godha reached the Chief electoral office to submit the complaint with which they enclosed unsigned copies of special branch’s report.

“ Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan misused the government machinery and deputed police jawans for survey on poll situation and making the election in BJP favour,” Agrawal told media persons. He said the intelligence operation was launched across the state in all 230 constituencies by the special branch.

The Congress leader said the special branch officials were given format to submit information by senior officials. In the survey, the government collected information about the Congress candidates and other those like third force who can affect the polls. Agrawal sought that chief minister Chauhan should be disqualified from contesting elections.

Later, CEO Jaideep Govind said the matter had been taken up by the ECI for investigation. Later in evening, the ECI issued notices to chief secretary Anthony de Sa, DGP Nandan Dubey and principal secretary, home, RK Swai seeking reply on the Congress complaint till 11 am on Sunday.

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