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Delhi Assembly Elections: FIR Lodged Against BJP's Kapil Mishra, 'India vs Pakistan' Tweet Removed

The FIR Was Filed After Delhi Poll Authorities Wrote To Police Asking To Register The Case Under The Representation Of People’s Act

Reported By : News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated: 24 January 2020, 11:34:24 PM
Twitter, meanwhile, removed the controversial tweet following the directions of the Election Commission

Twitter, meanwhile, removed the controversial tweet following the directions of the Election Commission (Photo Credit: PTI File)

New Delhi:

Delhi Assembly Elections 2020: Delhi Police on Friday lodged an FIR against Kapil Mishra - the BJP candidate from Model Town seat for Delhi assembly polls - in connection with his controversial in which he likened the election in the city to an India versus Pakistan contest. The FIR was filed after Delhi Chief Election Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh wrote to police asking to register the case under the Representation of People’s Act.

The FIR has been lodged at the Model Town Police Station under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, sources said.

Twitter, meanwhile, removed the controversial tweet following the directions of the Election Commission.

"This Tweet from @KapilMishra_IND has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand," Twitter wrote on the platform along with an impression of the old tweet. 

Earlier in the day, The poll body had earlier asked Twitter to remove the post, terming it as a "highly objectionable" comment that "appeals to communal feelings". The EC had also said that Twitter should intimate it about the action taken.

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.

A show cause notice was also issued to him by the poll authorities for "violation of the poll code".

In his explantion Mishra claimed that Pakistan’s proxies were likely to be present at Shaheen Bagh- ground zero for protests against the amended citizenship law. He also claimed that he was only responding to AAP’s Manish Sisodia in his tweet.

"Who is playing the Hindu-Muslim card? Manish Sisodia who says he is with Shaheen Bagh protesters? Priyanka Gandhi who supports those who burned vehicles at Turkman Gate in Delhi? Kejriwal who is distributing Rs 5 lakh to hooligans? Who are giving tickets to people like Amanatullah and Shoaib Iqbal, known for making provocative speeches?" Mishra said in his tweet posted in Hindi.

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First Published : 24 January 2020, 11:33:03 PM