The Delhi Police on Saturday filed a case against cricketer-turned-politician and BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir in compliance with the directives of the Election Commission (EC).

Gambhir landed himself in trouble after the EC on Saturday directed East Delhi Returning Officer to file an FIR against him for “holding a rally without permission.”

Gambhir had not taken permission for his rally on April 25 in East Delhi’s Jangpura, violating the model code of conduct, the poll body said.

Taking serious note of the matter, the poll body said Gautam Gambhir must face action for rally in East Delhi without permission.

The BJP, on Monday, fielded former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from the East Delhi constituency.

Gambhir has replaced Maheish Girri as the party’s candidate and will take on Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress and Atishi of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The former Indian opener is the richest among all the candidates in fray for the Lok Sabha election in Delhi with total assets worth Rs 147 core.

Taking a dig at the new entrant in BJP, AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi tweeted, “First, Discrepancies in nomination papers. Then, Criminal offence of having 2 voter IDs. Now, FIR for illegal rally. My question to @GautamGambhir: When you don’t know the rules, why play the game? (sic)”

The Aam Aadmi Party had on Friday filed a criminal complaint against Gautam Gambhir saying his name figured twice in the electoral rolls.

Read | AAP alleges Gautam Gambhir has two voter IDs, files criminal complaint

Atishi said it was a criminal matter and called for his “immediate disqualification”.

Delhi, which has seven Lok Sabha constituencies, will go to polls on May 12. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.