New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission on Wednesday removed Rajesh Deo, senior Delhi Police Crime Branch officer from his election duty over his claim that Kapil Gujjar, the accused in Shaheen Bagh shooting incident, belongs to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party. The police also released photographs, in which the 25-year-old accused can be seen standing with AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Atishi Marlena.

The election body also issued a warning to Deo for making a comment which has political connotations ahead of the elections on February 8.

The Election Commission, in a letter to the Delhi Police chief, said today, “An incident of Shri Rajesh Deo, Deputy Commissioner of Police... speaking to the Media on 4 February 2020, on an investigation which has political connotations has been brought to the notice of the Commission. A report obtained in this connection shows that Shri Deo, referring to an investigation of a firing in the protest site in Shaheen Bagh made statements to the Media that the accused along with his father had joined a particular political party a year ago and the conspiracy angle will be established”.

The letter further stated, “the above-referred statements referring to a political party at this stage even as the investigation is still going on has the effect of adversely impacting the elections. This action was totally uncalled for. The conduct on the part of Shri Rajesh Deo has a consequence on the holding of free and fair elections.”

"It should be ensured that Shri Rajesh Deo is not assigned any work/matter related to the ongoing election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi," the letter further added.

Rajesh Deo, on February 4, said that the 25-year-old man who shot three fires at the protest site in South Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh — the heart of anti-CAA protests — allegedly shouting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ had confessed to being a member of Aam Aadmi Party.

"In our initial investigation, we found some photos from Kapil's phone that establish what he has already disclosed -- that he and his father had joined AAP a year ago," Deo had said on Tuesday.

The Election Commission’s action on the officer came hours after the father of the accused, Gaje Singh, as quoted by news agency ANI, said that “Neither I nor any member of my family has anything to do with AAP. I was in BSP till 2012. I left politics in 2012”.

Kapil Baisala, on Saturday shot three fires at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, where hundreds of protesters including women in large numbers were protesting against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act from over a month.

The new legislation seeks to grant citizenship to religious persecuted minorities excluding Muslims, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, if they entered India before or on December 31, 2014. The minorities include Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Christian, Buddha and Parsi.

Posted By: Talib Khan