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AAP leader to face action for 'paid news' offence

Gurgaon: AAP’s Gurgaon candidate (in pic) Yogendra Yadav has been found guilty of violating the model poll code by distributing a newspaper, which has been categorised as “paid news”, and, hence, its cost will be added to his election expenditure, an official said yesterday.

Yogendra Yadav
Yogendra Yadav

The district media certification and monitoring committee (MCMC) found the publishing and distribution of a tabloid newspaper named ‘Aap Ki Kranti’ by the workers and supporters of the AAP without proper registration, a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. In addition, the committee has recommended action as per law for distribution of an unregistered newspaper.

“As per Section 15 of Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, any person who prints or publishes a newspaper without conforming to the rules may be punished with a fine not exceeding Rs 2,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both,” the official said. Publishing and distribution of a newspaper has been included in the “paid news” category.

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