Hema Malini booked for addressing people in temple

Veteran actress, director, producer, Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer, and politician Hema Malini got into trouble with the Election Commission (EC) for violating the model code of conduct. According to reports, an FIR has been filed against Hema Malini, the BJP candidate from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by addressing people at a temple.

Dhirendra Sachan, the Model Code of Conduct In charge ADM, was quoted in the media as saying, “Not only was the flag and banner of the party put on the building of the Alkeswar Temple, but Hema Malini addressed a meeting with a loudspeaker using temple premises on April 7.”

Reportedly, three FIRs have already been filed against the actress for alleged violation of the model code of conduct, the official claimed.

The EC official stated that, “Malini addressed an election meeting on Saturday in Sri Ji Baba Saraswati Vidya Mandir during school hours. Her audience included school students. An FIR was filed against her in this connection.”

Although permission for the election meeting had been taken, but neither the venue was specified and nor was it made clear that students would also be a part of her audience in the meeting, he said.

According to EC’s orders, an election meeting inside a school during school hours would be deemed as violation of model code of conduct, Sachan said.

Earlier, an FIR was filed against Malini for using more vehicles in the procession and hiding actual expenditure during election, he added.

At the same time, it has been reported, that notices have been also issued against three other candidates from the constituency for alleged violation of model code of conduct.

“While AAP candidate Anuj Garg was found guilty of distributing party caps to people, BSP candidate Yogesh Dwivedi did not mention the number of pamphlets he distributed after getting them printed from a press. Bahujan Mukti Party candidate Maharam Singh distributed pamphlets which does not carry the name of the press where it was printed. He also did not furnish proof of the number of pamphlets he got printed,” Sachan said.

The actress was nominated as Rajay Sabha MP (2003-2009) by the then President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, from Maharashtra.

Hema made her acting debut with ‘Sapno Ka Saudagar’ (1968), and has appeared in over 150 films. Her performances in both commercial and art films have been recognized.