Guwahati: Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma has been summoned at the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on February 25 in a case related to violation of the Model Code of Conduct during the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

The summon was issued by the court based on a case filed by the Election Commission.

The Election Commission had filed the case against the Chief Minister based on an allegation by the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee which alleged that the Himanta Biswa Sarma who was a state minister then had violated the model code of conduct.

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Himanta Biswa Sarma allegedly gave an interview to a satellite channel then even after the election campaign time was over.

The court stated that based on certain evidence submitted by the complainant, the two accused namely Himanta Biswa Sarma and the news channel owned by M/S Pride Entertainment Pvt Ltd represented by the then Chairman-cum-Managing Director, violated the Model Code of Conduct of Lok Sabha Election by telecasting a Live Interview of Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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The court further stated that the allegation or the case of the complainant comes under the purview of section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of People’s Act i.e, as per the complaint petition and the above-mentioned documents submitted by the complainant, the two accused prima facie committed the offences u/s 126(1)(b) of the Representation of People’s Act.

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