Due to giving false information about the number of cases against him in his election affidavit, an FIR has been filed against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Atul Rai from Ghosi constituency by Assistant District Election Officer Shabbir Ahmad, reports The New Indian Express.
In his affidavit, Rai had revealed information about only 13 pending cases against him, although in reality that number is 24. He has now been booked under various provisions of the IPC, including furnishing false information (Section 177) and forgery (Section 420).
The action against him was taken after the BJP candidate who lost the election to him, Harinarain Rajbhar, filed a complaint mentioning the discrepancy.
Rai is currently remanded in judicial custody in a separate case where he is a rape accused. He had been absconding in the case even when the elections were taking place, and only yesterday (22 June) surrendered himself at Judicial Magistrate Ashutosh Tiwari’s court.
Even during his campaign, Rai was not to be seen, with instead his wife Priyanka Rai and brother Pavan Rai being called upon by Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav to maintain his innocence.
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