FIR against AICC President Sonia Gandhi: KPCC chief DK Shivakumar writes to CM BS Yediyurappa to withdraw the case; State yet to respond

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BENGALURU: Congress leader DK Shivakumar wrote to Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa demanding that an FIR filed against Sonia Gandhi be withdrawn. FIR was filed against Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday after a tweet on the Congress party official Twitter handle dubbed the PM CARES fund as PM CARES fraud. Karnataka Congress Chief DK Shivakumar in his letter claimed that the tweet was misinterpreted by BJP.

Karnataka’s Congress chief D K Shivakumar has written to chief minister B S Yediyurappa asking that an FIR led by the police against party president Sonia Gandhi after a complaint by an advocate for allegedly harming the reputation of the Prime Minister, be withdrawn.


Congress delegation led by KPCC President DK Shivakumar met CM BS Yediyurappa requesting for withdrawal of FIR against Sonia Gandhi



The FIR was registered on Wednesday following a complaint by a lawyer named K V Praveen Kumar against Sonia Gandhi after a tweet on the Congress party official Twitter handle dubbed the PM CARES fund as PM CARES fraud and said the PM was travelling abroad for enjoyment utilising these funds.

Praveen claimed that this was incorrect and harmful to the reputation of the PM. The police in Sagar registered an FIR on his complaint.

Shivakumar in his letter to Yediryurappa claimed that Praveen Kumar was a BJP activist. “Smt Sonia Gandhiji being an MP and Congress President had tweeted with the intention of forcing the PM to use the Care Fund for the welfare of the people of the country. Unfortunately, this was misinterpreted by the BJP leadership and it instigated Praveen Kumar to let this complaint be registered based on false information without examining its truthfulness.”

The KPCC President also went onto claim that the FIR against Sonia Gandhi was a blatant misuse of the process of law with an intention to snub the right to healthy criticism and demanded that the it be withdrawn and the police ofcer concerned be suspended.


A copy of the letter written by DK Shivakumar

The state government has not yet reacted to Shivakumar’s letter.

The complainant Praveen Kumar acknowledged that he is a BJP member.

“Yes it is true I am a primary member of BJP but I have no official party position. I have been an advocate for 14 years and have always fought against lies and injustice which is the reason why I lodged the complaint and I am happy the police have found some merit in it because an FIR has been registered.”

Efforts to reach Sagar police for comments were not successful.

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