The Election Commission has directed Punjab Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh to initiate criminal proceedings against Local Bodies Minister and senior BJP leader Anil Joshi and his family members for allegedly enrolling at more than one place and contesting polls from these places.
The apex poll watchdog also told Singh to take disciplinary action against the electoral registration officer and other officials responsible for the violation of the Representation of People Act, 1950 and to submit a report within 30 days.
Singh, who has assumed office recently, said he was aware of the matter and that he would take appropriate action.
Amritsar-based lawyers Sandeep Gorsi and Vaneet Mahajan had approached the Chief Election Commissioner with documents to prove that Joshi had violated Sections 17 and 18 of the Act.
The minister said he hadn’t received any letter from the Chief Electoral Officer regarding the action.
He also claimed that he wasn’t aware that his and his family members’ name existed in two different voters’ lists.