No proof of poll violations by Rahul: Police closure report

UP Police has filed the final report in the case against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his supporters for allegedly violating the prohibitory orders imposed by the district election officer during the Amethi MP's roadshow in Kanpur at the time of last year's Assembly election campaign.

The closure report, which was filed recently, stated that there was not "sufficient" evidence in support of the allegations mentioned in the FIR.

Sub-Inspector Uday Pratap Singh Yadav, who was investigating officer of the case, said, "The investigation of the case had been pending for more than six months when I joined the Cantonment police station as station officer. I started the investigation and filed the final report on finding that there was not sufficient evidence in support of the allegations." The final report had been filed some time in December and he was not aware if it had been accepted by the court, Yadav added.

The FIR was lodged against Rahul, Congress Kanpur city president Mahesh Dikshit and unnamed party supporters for defying prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC by allegedly not sticking to the permitted route of the roadshow and also continuing the campaign beyond the time permitted by district election authorities on February 20 last year.

The case had triggered a war of words between the Congress and the then ruling BSP with leaders like Digvijaya Singh alleging that the action had been taken at the behest of the then chief minister Mayawati because of Rahul's successful poll campaign in the state.

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