Wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who also holds an officer rank with Maharashtra police, paid a high price for his alleged political affiliation after he was placed under suspension for campaigning for a Congress candidate Sanjay Nirupam.
As per the orders of Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Dileep Shinde, police have even filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Yadav, who holds the rank of assistant commissioner.
“Yadav has been placed under suspension,” a spokesperson of Mumbai Police said.
According to officials, Yadav allegedly participated in the campaign of Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam in Jogeshwari last Sunday. The former Mumbai Congress President is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Mumbai-North West seat.
The poll staff on duty sent a report to the state electoral office, following which the Amboli police registered an offense against Yadav on Monday under the Representation of the People Act.
Per rules, a government servant can not take part in campaigning under the law. Yadav is set to face departmental proceedings for violating the model code of conduct.
The action against Yadav drew sharp criticism from Nirupam, who called the action ‘unjustified’.
“Suspension and FIR against CommonWealth games gold medalist wrestler Narsingh Yadav for just sharing dais with me in an election meeting is cruel and unjustified act. Condemn ShivSena-BJP for harassing a sportsman who didn’t speak a word at the meeting but was just present there,” he tweeted.
Suspension and FIR against CommonWealth games gold medalist wrestler Narsingh Yadav for just sharing dais with me in an election meeting is cruel and unjustified act.
Condemn #ShivSenaBJP for harassing a sportsman who didn’t speak a word at the meeting but was just present there. pic.twitter.com/hNFxvwJ3cG
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) April 24, 2019
The Varanasi-born athlete has won a gold medal in men’s freestyle 74 category in 2010 Commonwealth Games. He has also won medals at the Asian Games and Asian Championships.
He was earlier embroiled in a doping scandal, which prompted the Delhi high court to seek a response from the CBI on the allegations against the wrestler.Back to latest news