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Sunny Deol approaches HC 'fearing misuse of official machinery' by Cong in polls

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

and BJP candidate from Sunny Friday moved the and high court here "fearing misuse of official machinery" by the ruling and sought adequate measures, including deployment of additional paramilitary forces, to ensure free and fair polling.

also demanded that the constituency be declared "super sensitive", claiming it was prone to violence. He cited the incidents of poll-related violence in the border constituency during panchayat polls which were conducted across the state in December 2018.

"We moved the court because we feared the could be misused in the elections by the Congress," Pankaj Jain, the for Deol, told reporters.

He said after they filed the petition before a division bench of justices and Sudhir Mittal, the court sought to know from the about the measures being taken to ensure free and fair polls in

The petitioner's submitted before the court that the "Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat is a prestigious constituency as not only the petitioner is a popular figure, he is contesting the election against a candidate, who is a state of the Congress".

The representing the informed the court that 24 companies of the (CAPF) would be deployed at 866 polling booths in the parliamentary constituency.

As many as 111 polling booths have been categorised as "critical" and 467 as "vulnerable", the court was informed about the measures taken by the EC.

At 1014 booths, Micro Observes have been appointed and 1034 booths will be covered by webcasting. Besides, three Observers have been appointed, the court was informed.

In many booths, multiple security measures, including adequate deployment of state police force, have also been undertaken, the further informed the court.

"In view of the action taken, no further direction is required to be issued in this petition and the present petition is disposed of accordingly," the bench said in its order.

Punjab's Sibin C told reporters that "the court was satisfied with the measures being taken by the for Gurdaspur constituency".

is pitted against Sunil Jakhar, who is the sitting from Gurdaspur.

Campaigning for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, including Gurdaspur, ended Friday evening. The polling will be held on Sunday.

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

First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 20:21 IST
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