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FIR registered against Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Karnataka over remarks on PM CARES Fund

Vishnu Vasisht

A case has been registered in Karnataka against Congress President Sonia Gandhi in connection with a tweet from the official Twitter handle of Congress against PM Cares Fund. Police said the tweet alleged misuse of funds.

The police of Sagar town in Shivamogga district on Wednesday registered a case on the complaint of a person named Praveen KV. The complaint alleged that the tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Congress attempted to 'create disbelief among the public by making unfounded allegations'.

The state Congress has condemned the registration of the case. A case has been registered under sections 153 and 505 (1) (b) of the IPC relating to inciting people to commit crimes against another class or community.

The complaint alleged that the INC India Twitter account was accused of misuse of PM Cares Fund by sending a message against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 6 pm on May 11, in which people are donating to help the government in the fight against Coronavirus. The complainant has demanded legal action against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Congress workers involved in handling the Twitter account.

Condemning the registration of the case, Karnataka Congress spokesperson Subhash Aggarwal said, "It is the responsibility of the opposition to question the government." If the voice of the opposition is suppressed, democracy will end". Agarwal also said that the party has always said that there is no need for the PM Cares Fund when the Prime Minister's Relief Fund is already there.

The police have said that the investigation was underway.

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