Election Commission investigates sting footage against AAP leaders

By on November 23, 2013

The chief CEO of Media Sarkar, the web portal that said it had captured footage showing Shazia Ilmi, Aam Aadmi Party candidate from RK Puram in south Delhi, accepting donations without following procedures, handed over the CD to the Election Commission.

The Election Commission has begun investigation into the sting operation allegedly showing some AAP leaders raising funds through “illegal” means after procuring the CD from the Media Portal.

Aam Aadmi Party requests the Election Commission to investigate, as soon as possible, the allegations made in CD released by the organisation ‘Media Sarkar’. If the Election Commissions finds any of the party’s candidates guilty, they will withdraw from the electoral contest and the Aam Aadmi Party will withdraw support from them.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, party member Yogendra Yadav and others met chief election commissioner VS Sampath on Saturday. Kejriwal and other AAP members urged the EC to stop the circulation of the CD saying that it was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Delhi Chief Electoral officer Vijay Dev said that the EC was looking into the matter. “We have received the CD from the media portal Media Sarkar and have started analysing it and action will be taken accordingly,” he said.

The party released statement defining the problems of the CD. Media Portal reporters have been pursuing the AAP candidates repeatedly and are trying to get them to say anything at all. Candidates are often seen trying to avoid/ get rid the reporter (by saying Haan, hoon). These specific interactions with the reporters are interpreted as acts of affirmation to their requests and hence proof of wrongdoing. Every conversation in the footage is taken out of context; sections of the video have been cut-pasted to distort its original meaning.

The Aam Aadmi Party will file a case of criminal defamation against Media Sarkar. The party appeal the Election Commission to intervene in this matter in account of violation of its code of conduct and to take steps towards banning further broadcast of the videos.

“The CD has made big allegations but the evidence is weak,” Yadav said. “We will not take action against any of the candidates based just on this, which is why we had sought the raw video footage from Media Sarkar,” he said.

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