EC sends notice to Parrikar on bribery remarks, seeks reply by February 9

Parrikar in his reply said what he meant to say was changed due to incorrect translation from Konkani to English.

EC sends notice to Parrikar on bribery remarks, seeks reply by February 9

The Election Commission on Tuesday issued another notice to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his reported bribery remarks made at an election rally in Goa.

The election body, according to a report by Times of India, has asked Parrikar to file his final reply by 9 February. Parrikar has kept his words were misinterpreted.

"The CD containing his(Parrikar) remarks was not tampered with in any manner," Times of India quoted as an EC official saying. "Now also someone will give you Rs 1,000... We give Rs 1,500 every month. After five years, 1,500 will become 90,000 and this will also increase," Parrikar had said on January 29.


"Now also someone will give you Rs 1,000... We give Rs 1,500 every month. After five years, 1,500 will become 90,000 and this will also increase," Parrikar had said on January 29.

Earlier, the EC had sent a notice to Parrikar and sought his explanation on February 3. While the former Goan chief minister Parrikar sought more time for his explanation. Reminding Parrikar of the provisions of the Model Code for elections, EC said his remarks amounted to "abetting and promoting electoral offence of bribery".

Parrikar in his reply said what he meant to say was changed due to incorrect translation from Konkani to English, the Times reported according to their sources in the Election Commission.