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Police launch probe against company for poll code violation

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Armed with court orders, the police have started investigation into the seizure of campaign material of the BJP from the premises of United Ltd (UPL) here, an said Tuesday.

On April 9, a flying squad of the (EC) had raided the premises of at suburban Khar, where electronic cards for the BJP's poll campaign were being allegedly assembled.

The returning had then issued a show-cause notice to the company.

Earlier, the had registered a non- cognisable offence in the case, the said.

Non-cognisable offence refers to an offence in which the police have no authority to apprehend a person for crime on their own. Under this law, the police require a warrant to arrest an accused and a court's prior approval to begin investigation.

"Now, the police have started investigation in this case after seeking proper permission from the local court under CrPC section 155 (21)", said Sanjay More, senior inspector at the station.

The electronic cards, seized by the police and the EC squad, did not have the name of the publisher, he said.

The cards had the pictures of Narendra Modi and the armed forces printed on them, More said.

This was a grave violation of the model code of conduct and all cards worth Rs 6 crore were seized, state had told

The Maharashtra had demanded a CBI inquiry in the matter.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 23:10 IST