An FIR has been registered against Indian National Congress (INC) president Sonia Gandhi in Shivamogga, Karnataka, over the party’s tweet on Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund). Besides the INC chief, the FIR has been registered against some other party leaders.
The INC had posted these tweets on 11 May, which misled people about the fund.
The FIR identifies the INC interim president as the handler of the social media account. The complaint accused Sonia Gandhi of misleading people about PM-CARES Fund.
The INC had shared a tweet on 11 May which gave wrong information about the fund. An advocate named KV Praveen Kumar in Shivamogga district of Karnataka had lodged the FIR.
Earlier, Sonia Gandhi had asked the prime minister to transfer all the funds received under PM CARES, set up to fight the coronavirus epidemic, to the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF). Meanwhile, it is not yet clear against which tweet Kumar has lodged the complaint.
Kumar said, “They called PM CARES Fund a fraud and claimed on Twitter that the money donated to the Fund is not being used for the public, instead the money is being used to fund PM Narendra Modi’s foreign trips.”
“These are rumours against the government, so I filed a complaint,” Kumar added.
PM-CARES Fund Trust was formed on 27 March this year to receive public donations to fight emergencies or distresses like the current coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Modi is the chairman of this trust and its members are the defence minister, home minister and finance minister.
The government had announced it had spent Rs 3,100 crore from the PM-CARES Fund in the fight against coronavirus. The government kept aside a sum of approximately Rs 2,000 crore out of the Rs 3,100 crore for the purchase of ventilators, Rs 1,000 crore on migrant labourers and Rs 100 crore to support vaccine development.
A statement was issued by the central govt, saying it would buy 50,000 ‘Made-in-India’ ventilators using the money collected at PM CARES Fund at a cost of approximately Rs 2,000 crore. These ventilators will be provided to government-run coronavirus hospitals in all states and union territories, for better treatment of the critical coronavirus cases. This will help augment the infrastructure to tackle the coronavirus cases across the country.