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Snubbed Gujarat officer sends CEC legal notice

Snubbed Gujarat officer sends CEC legal notice

Author: Express News service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: August 25, 2002

Gujarat Minority Finance and Development Corporation Chairman Ganibhai Qureshi has sent a legal notice to Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh for snubbing him publicly and calling him a "government agent" during the EC team's visit to Vadodara.

The notice threatens legal action if the CEC does not, reply within a week. It was despatched to the CEC at his official address on August 16. Qureshi has been a member of the executive committee of the BJP for the last 17 years and was national vice-president of BJP minority morcha from 1999-2000. He is also an executive committee member of the BJP's Gujarat unit.

The notice signed by Qureshi's advocate Shreekant P Hasurker states: "When you (the CEC) visited Rajarani Talav area, you looked at my client and requested his assistance for the factual situation about government aid to riot victims. But when my client attempted to explain the help given to the victims, you asked my client to shut up and called him a 'government agent'. And then you asked my client to go away and told him that you did not want to listen him any more.

The notice says Qureshi is a leader of the Muslim community and has been working as a social worker for the last two decades in Vadodara and charges the CEC ''with "Lowering his (Qureshi's) prestige in society".

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