Raipur Civil Lines SHO RK Mishra on Sunday summoned former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra in connection to the Congress toolkit case. Mishra told ANI that the police have asked Sambit Patra to be present in person or via video conference after an FIR by Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress NSUI president Akash Sharma.
What did the Raipur police asked in its notice to Singh and Patra ?
Earlier on Friday, Raipur police issued a notice to both BJP leaders and asked them to remain available at his residence on May 24 for recording his statement in the Covid toolkit case.
In the notice, Singh has been asked to provide information about his Twitter account and has also been asked to provide information about who received the documents titled AICC Research Project and cornering Narendra Modi and BJP on Covid management. Singh has also been asked to provide information about the communication he has made to other accused or persons using the Congress tool kit exposed hashtag.
Who has named in FIR and what are the charges against them ?
An FIR had been registered against Singh and Patra in Chhattisgarh for allegedly forging the letterhead of AICC Research Department and printing false and fabricated content. The FIR have also been registered for allegedly spreading fake news and promoting enmity between classes in the toolkit row.
The case under sections 469 (forgery for the purpose of damaging reputation), 504 (intentional dishonour with intent to breach peace), 505 (1) (b) (spreading rumour with intent to create fear) of the Indian Penal Code has been recorded.
The Congress has also filed a complaint with Delhi Police seeking registration of an FIR against BJP president J P Nadda, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Sambit Patra, and BJP’s National General Secretary B L Santhosh.
What is the Congress tool kit controversy ?
On Tuesday, the BJP had hit out at the Congress over the alleged Congress toolkit claiming to tarnish the image of the country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling the new Covid-19 strain the India strain or the Modi strain.
The Congress had retorted accusing the BJP of propagating a fake toolkit to defame it. A case for spreading fake news and promoting enmity between classes was filed at Civil Lines police station based on the complaint of NSUI chief Akash Sharma.
Twitter had also tagged some of the posts on this alleged Congress toolkit against the Modi government as manipulated media. Among those whose posts was tagged is BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Top government sources said the central government in its communication to Twitter has asked the social media giant to remove the manipulation media tag claiming that Twitter cannot pass judgment on the matter, which is under investigation.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology then wrote to the micro-blogging site objecting to the tag. In a letter, the ministry said the move by Twitter appears prejudged, prejudiced and arbitrary.