The Lucknow police have registered an FIR against the Samajwadi Party under the Epidemic Diseases Act and for violation of prohibitory orders of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Lucknow’s District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash earlier in the day had issued a notice to the Samajwadi Party for the huge gathering at the party office without obtaining permission from the district administration.
Thousands of supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party’s rebel ministers Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan and five MLAs had gathered at the state office of the Samajwadi Party. None of the party leaders and their supporters wore masks or complied with the Covid protocol of maintaining social distance.
SP state president Naresh Uttam, however, denied violation of the Covid protocol and guidelines of the Election Commission of India.
The ECI has banned all kinds of gatherings of people including nukkad sabhas till January 15. The ECI is likely to extend the ban by another week.