A case has been registered against the Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Karnataka in connection with a tweet posted on the party’s official handle alleging misuse of the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund.
The Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund were created on March 28, following the coronavirus outbreak in India. The funds have been raised for combating and containing the novel coronavirus and similar pandemic like situations in the future.
The Sagara town police in Shivamogga district registered a case on Wednesday based on a complaint by Praveen KV, who alleged that @INCIndia, the official Twitter handle of the Congress party has tried to create distrust among masses with its tweet by spreading ‘baseless charges’.
However, the state Congress condemned the registration of the case. The case has been registered under Sections 153 and 505 (1)(B) of the Indian Penal Code, which relate to wantonly provoking people and inciting them to commit an offense against any other class or community.
The complainant alleged that the INC India Twitter account posted messages against Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging ‘misuse’ of PM-CARES Fund set up to enable people to contribute to help the government fight against coronavirus. The tweet was posted on May 11 at 6 pm.
Likewise, Karnataka Congress spokesperson Subhash Agarwal condemned the registration of the case against Sonia Gandhi and said "it is the role and responsibility of the opposition to question the government." He also said that the party had always maintained that there was no need for the PM-CARES Fund while the PM Relief Fund already existed.