Following major uproar over the alleged leak of Karnataka poll dates, the Election Commission on Tuesday constituted a committee of officers to probe the sensitive matter, officials said.
The committee will submit the report within 7 days.
“EC has constituted a committee of officers to probe the matter… Report will be submitted in seven days,” reports said.
The head of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) IT cell Amit Malviya earlier in the day tweeted the dates of Karnataka Assembly polls, 15 minutes before the poll panel’s official announcement.
Malviya’s tweet though, had the date of counting wrong and was deleted immediately after the media highlighted it. The head of BJP’s IT cell later credited the information to a television channel.
Opposition parties slammed the ruling BJP government at the Centre following the tweet and accused it of dictating terms to the poll panel.
When asked about the alleged leak of information, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat assured “strict legal and administrative action”.
“Strict legal and administrative action will be taken on the leak of information,” Rawat said.
As the tweet had the date of counting wrong—May 18 instead of May 15– Rawat said it didn’t count as a leak.
“We won’t comment on changing date because of a leak. The decision was just taken. They were wrong about counting date so it’s wrong to say they were prepared beforehand,” he said.
A BJP delegation led by senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi earlier in the day informed the EC that the party’s IT cell head had “no intention” to undermine the poll panel’s stature.
“Amit Malviya’s tweet was based on a TV channel’s source. It had no intention to undermine the stature of EC… We agree that he (Malviya) shouldn’t have tweeted it,” Naqvi said.