Kolkata police have charged four principal candidates in two Calcutta constituencies in the upcoming Parliamentary election for defacing public and private walls.
Graffiti is banned on walls of government property while prior permission of home owners is a must for private property. The candidates including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Communist Party of India-M Marxist (CPI-M) MP Mohammed Salim face jail sentences up to 6 months and fines if charges are proved.
Senior Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyay and CPI-M candidate Rabin Deb have also been accused of violating the election code of conduct under Section 202 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act, 1980.
Gautam Gupta has the details.