The Gujarat High Court on Monday quashed an order of the Metropolitan Court, Ahmedabad directing the Meghaninagar Police Station to file a criminal complaint against state Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja. This was in connection with a 13 year old case of violation of model code of conduct (MCC) during the assembly elections in 2007.
Earlier Justice SH Vora of Gujarat High Court had granted a stay on the order of the Metropolitan Court, Ahmedabad until the outcome of the petition seeking quashing of the complaint.
In December 2019, the Metropolitan Court, Ahmedabad directed that a criminal complaint be filed against Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja in a case filed by then Congress city president Pankaj Shah.
Pankaj Shah had filed an application before Metropolitan Court Ahmedabad for the direction to register a criminal complaint against Pradipsinh Jadeja for alleged violation of model code of conduct in 2007.
What was the violation complaint against Pradipsinh Jadeja in 2007
The complaint said that Jadeja had distributed pamphlets displaying his and then CM – Narendra Modi’s photograph along with the slogan of ‘ Aapnu Gujarat and Agavu Gujarat’.
The pamphlet also contained the BJP’s party symbol lotus on it, while the model code of conduct was in force. Also, the name of the publisher was not mentioned on the pamphlet.
The complainant Pankaj Shah had earlier filed a written complaint before Ahmedabad collector against Pradipsinh Jadeja and the publisher, following which he moved the Metropolitan Court in Ahmedabad.
Jadeja challenged the order of the Metropolitan Court before Gujarat High Court on January 7 of this year.
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