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Complaint against publisher of satirical booklet on Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A police complaint was Wednesday filed against the publisher of 'Chowkidar Pe Charcha', a booklet that takes a dig at over his government's promises and policies.

The complaint was lodged at station in Ahmedabad against Jayesh Shah, the publisher of the booklet, on the directions of the district election officerafter it was found thatits publication violated the model code of conduct (MCC).

The had on April 4 received a complaint on regarding the booklet, which is a compilation of over 60 cartoon strips on that takes a dig at him over various issues, including demonetisation, GST, fighter jet deal, among others.

The matter was investigated by the election officer, who authorised the to take necessary action.

"We submitted the complaint to to register an FIR against the publisher of the booklet - 'Chowkidar Pe Charcha' - as its publication violates the MCC," Mamlatdar (Sabarmati) Shakrabhai Desai said.

The of the district election authority had recommended filing of the FIR against the publisher, after finding that the booklet violated the MCC under section 127 (A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1952, dealing with restriction on the of election pamphlet or poster.

The booklet was published on April 3, it was revealed during the investigation, although the date of publication and other details required to be printed on a book are missing, which is also a violation under Section 3 of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, the authorities said.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 16:40 IST