Indore Police register FIR against Priyanka Gandhi over alleged fake posts on BJP

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The Indore Police have lodged an FIR against senior Congress leaders including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, MP Congress chief Kamal Nath, and ex-union minister Arun Yadav. This move comes in the wake of accusations against the Madhya Pradesh BJP government of corruption, purportedly spread via the ‘X’ social media accounts (formerly Twitter) of these leaders.

The complaint, made by local BJP’s legal cell convenor Nimesh Pathak, pointed to a dubious letter attributed to an individual named Gyanendra Awasthi that was circulated on social media platforms. This letter alleges that local contractors were pressured to remit a 50 percent commission.

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According to the released statement, a case has been instigated against Awasthi and the ‘X’ account handlers of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Kamal Nath, and Arun Yadav at the Sanyogitaganj police station. The investigation into Nimesh Pathak’s claims is currently underway.

Earlier, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ramsanehi Mishra, affirmed that an FIR targeting the ‘X’ handles of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Kamal Nath, and Arun Yadav was registered. The legal charges pertain to the Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating) and 469 (forgery with harmful intent), based on Nimesh Pathak’s grievances.

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Nimesh Pathak has accused the Congress leaders of scheming to tarnish the state government’s reputation and the BJP by disseminating “misleading” posts, suggesting corruption. The police are in the process of verifying the genuineness of the mentioned ‘X’ handles.

Last Friday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra voiced her concerns on ‘X’, asserting that a Madhya Pradesh contractors’ union penned a letter to the Chief Justice of the High Court. They allege that they only receive payments after surrendering a 50% commission. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s post equated the scenario to the BJP government in Karnataka, claiming their corruption was a tad lower at 40%.

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Both Kamal Nath and Arun Yadav echoed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s sentiments in their respective posts. In response, MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra debunked Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s claims and called for evidence. He signaled potential legal repercussions if proofs aren’t presented. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan backed this stance by denouncing the opposition’s “falsehoods”. As a result, Gwalior police initiated a case against several individuals linked to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s post.

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