Congress leader Sonia Gandhi
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FIR filed against Sonia Gandhi over Cong’s PM CARES Fund remarks

FIR registered in Sagar taluk of Shivamogga district in Karnataka over ‘misleading’ tweets posted by Cong party’s official handle about PM-CARES Fund on May 11

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Guwahati: An FIR has been registered against Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in Karnataka along with other leaders of the party for misleading tweets about Prime Minister Citizen Assistance Relief (PM CARES) fund. The tweets were shared on May 11, which allegedly gave wrong information about the fund.

The FIR was registered in Sagar Taluk of Shivamogga district of Karnataka and identifies Gandhi as the handler of the social media account. This was based on a complaint received by advocate Praveen Kumar. He alleged that through the tweets, the Congress party made rumorous statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government of India. He further alleged that the party was trying to provoke the citizens against the government.

On Thursday, Parveen told ANI, "A Twitter account handled by All India Congress Committee headed by Sonia Gandhi had on May 11, 2020, published tweets terming PM CARES Fund as PM CARES Fraud. They had claimed that the PM CARES fund is not being used for the public."

According to the FIR, on May 11, 2020, the Congress party had claimed misappropriation of PM-CARES fund and cast aspersions on the government of India through the tweets, which were both false and baseless allegations. Parveen expressed that he gathered all the information related to the tweets and accounts from the handle. He then proceeded to file a complaint on the issue. This was followed by a preliminary inquiry that was directed and an FIR was registered.

"They had also said that the Prime Minister was enjoying and going to foreign trips with this fund. This is clearly rumourous news against the government of India in this COVID-19 pandemic situation. In this regard, I had filed a complaint. After a primary enquiry, the Sagar Police has filed an FIR against Sonia Gandhi, who heads the INC Twitter account," Praveen told ANI.

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