Bhopal: Bhopal police on Thursday filed an FIR against Namdas Tyagi, also known as Computer Baba, for violating the Model Code of Conduct.
Congress’ Bhopal candidate Digvijaya Singh, along with Tyagi had, on May 7, performed a ‘havan’ at a ‘maha yagna’ to ensure Singh’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections.
On May 9, BJP had moved the Election Commission accusing Tyagi of fanning communal sentiments while campaigning for Singh, following which the EC issued a notice to him.
In his reply to the poll body, Computer Baba said the event was not a political program but a religious one. “No information was given about where to put any political poster. Some anti-social elements may have put the posters.”
Bhopal Collector Sudam Pandharinath Khade, who is also the district poll in-charge, ordered an investigation into the matter on May 9. During the course of investigation, Khade found Tyagi guilty of flouting norms.
A case has been registered against him under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
‘Computer Baba’ was appointed as the Minister of State (MoS) under the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government. However, he had openly rebelled against the BJP after being denied a party ticket for the state assembly elections held in Madhya Pradesh.
Bhopal went to polls in the sixth phase of parliamentary elections, on May 12. Digvijaya is contesting against BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from this seat.
The final phase of polling will be held on May 19, and counting of votes will take place on May 23.