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Sunny Deol will have to pay over Rs 1.74 lakh for a Facebook fanpage

Given information about social media pages to the Election Commission is mandatory.

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May 17, 2019, 06.31 PM IST
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EC asks Sunny Deol to pay over Rs 1.74 lakh for Facebook fanpage for not disclosing information
Rs 1,74,644 was added to Deol's expenditure.
CHANDIGARH: A Facebook page titled 'Fans of Sunny Deol' costs the actor-turned-politician and BJP candidate from Punjab's Gurdaspur seat Rs 1,74,644 and this amount was included in his poll expenditure, it was announced on Wednesday.

Acting on the complaint of the Congress on May 6, Chief Electoral Officer S. Karuna Raju said an inquiry was conducted by a Nodal Officer of the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee of Gurdaspur.

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A notice was also served on the admin of 'Fans of Sunny Deol' page and the BJP candidate to seek their explanation, but both failed to reply within the time-frame.

He said the monitoring committee decided to add Rs 1,74,644 to the expenditure of Deol.

Complainant Himanshu Pathak, who is the Congress vice-president, said Deol had not given information about this social media page to the Election Commission, which is mandatory.
​​A notice was also served on the admin of 'Fans of Sunny Deol' page and the actor-turned-politician to seek their explanation​.
A notice was also served on the admin of 'Fans of Sunny Deol' page and the actor-turned-politician to seek their explanation.

He said the page was created on Facebook on April 30, through which lakhs of rupees were being spent on Deol's social media campaign.

Deol, 62, is a Bharatiya Janata Party-Akali Dal alliance candidate from Gurdaspur, the seat represented four times by yesteryear actor Vinod Khanna, who passed away due to cancer in April 2017.


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