Posted on May 21, 2020, 1:38 PM IST
An FIR has been registered against Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi over her party’s 11 May tweets maligning the Prime Minister Citizen Assistance Relief In Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund. The FIR has been filed in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district, news agency ANI tweeted.
Journalist Pinky Rajpurohit tweeted the copy of the FIR and said that it had been filed by an advocate named K V Praveen alleging that the Congress party shared some misleading tweets about the PM CARES Fund on 11 May. The FIR has been filed under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 153 and 505. The FIR identifies Sonia Gandhi as the handler of the account.
“An FIR filed against Congress President Sonia Gandhi by KV Praveen at Shivamogga in Karnataka. FIR for has been filed for misleading tweets on PM Cares Fund from INC. FIR registered under IPC sections 153, 505,” Rajpurohit wrote.
As per a tweet by ANI, Praveen said, “They called PM CARES fund a fraud. They said on their twitter that it is not being used for public & that PM is going on foreign trips using this fund. These are rumours against govt in #COVID19 situation, so I filed a complaint (against Sonia Gandhi).”
The trust fund was formed on 27 March, 2020, under Prime Minister (ex-Officio) and other ex-officio Members of the trust are Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister. The trust on 13 May decided to allocate Rs 3,100 crore for the fight against the coronavirus.
Out of Rs 3,100 crore, a sum of approximately Rs 2,000 crore will be earmarked for the purchase of ventilators, Rs 1,000 crores will be used for the care of migrant labourers and Rs 100 crores will be given to support vaccine development.