Shivamogga: An advocate from Karnataka's Shivamogga district approached the police with a complaint against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi after the party's Twitter handle tweeted against Prime Minister Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency (PM CARES Fund), an official said on Thursday.
"An FIR has been registered against Gandhi under IPC Section 153, 505 (1)(B) for the tweets against PM CARES FUND," a police official told IANS confirming the development.
K.V. Praveen, a leading local advocate in Sagar of the Shivamogga district has filed the case against Gandhi for the party's tweets making allegations on the funds being used from the PM CARES FUND.
According to the official, Praveen complained that the tweets alleged money is not being accounted for from the PM CARES FUND and others.
Congress condemns FIR
Meanwhile, the Congress party has condemned the FIR saying that the "BJP dictatorial mindset is an attempt to threaten transparency."
Congress Spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill in a statement said, "Registration of FIR against Smt Sonia Gandhi in Shivamogga Karnataka for raising questions on PM Cares Fund depicts BJP's dictatorial mindset."
"This is an attempt to threaten transparency, avoid answerability and exposes BJP nervousness on audit of the Fund," added Shergill.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi in the past had said: "Our only worry with PM Cares Fund is that it's not being spent on the victims of Covid-19 which use can be both direct and incidental."
"We only demand an independent audit by CAG or any other credible independent agency and daily updates. Not too much to ask from a public fund," added Singhvi.
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