The election flying squad seized a book on the Rafale deal, just hours ahead of its release at a function on Tuesday. They also confiscated copies of the book from the showroom of the publisher, citing violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
‘Naattai ulukkum Rafale bera oozhal’ is a Tamil book written about what went on in the Rafale deal and how the Modi government allegedly arranged private companies to benefit out of a defence deal. It is authored by S Vijayan and published by Bharathi Puththagalayam.
Bharathi Puththagalayam had arranged for a book release function on Tuesday evening in Chennai. However, hours before the function, copies of the book were seized by police officials who claimed that the contents of the book violated the Model Code of Conduct.
Speaking to TNM, an employee of the publishing house said that on Tuesday morning, a team of election officers and policemen came to the showroom adjacent to the publisher’s office. “They claimed that they were from the flying squad and told us that during election time, we are not supposed to release such books. They seized 142 copies of the book from the showroom,” he said.
As news of the seizure spread, it sparked massive outrage online.
EC bans book on Rafale scam & seizes copies, citing Model Code of Conduct! EC allows propaganda movie on Modi, allows Modi to use AIR&DD for election speech on Anti satellite missile, allows misuse of of Railways&advertisement money by govt for elections, but bans book on Rafale! https://t.co/ePz5KL2Nta— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 2, 2019
Books on Rafale scam which was supposed to be released today evening by Hindu editor Ram has been seized by police!! Don't u sense the fear of someone here!! Those who claim to be innocent r stooping down so much to protect themselves!! U make us sense the truth @DrTamilisaiBJP— Alex Peter (@alexpeter181) April 2, 2019
A book .. “RAFALE :The SCAM that rocked the NATION “ by S.Vijayan banned today and the books seized on ELECTION COMMISSION s order BUT a FILM on MODI n channels like NAMO TV spared— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) April 2, 2019
FREE N FAIR ELECTIONS.. !
Tamil Nadu’s Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, however, denied knowledge about such an order from the ECI. “It looks like some lower-level functionary has done some seizure of books. There was no direction from the ECI, CEO or the DEO office for that. I think it is some flying squad officer on the information that some books without permission are being distributed,” he said.
He added that he has ordered the DEO to conduct an immediate inquiry into the issue and report to him.
By afternoon, a PDF version of the book started doing the rounds online.By evening, the seized copies were returned to the publisher.