‘Toolkit’ case; FIR against BJP vice president Raman Singh, Sambit Patra in Chhattisgarh

An FIR has been registered against Bharatiya Janata Party’s National Vice President Raman Singh and party spokesperson Sambit Patra in Chhattisgarh for forging the letterhead of Congress’s Research Department and printing false and fabricated content.

They saffron party leaders have been summoned for further investigation, news agency ANI quoted Raipur Civil Lines Police SHO RK Mishra.

“Today, we have asked Sambit Patra to be present here in person or via video conference. The complaint was registered by Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress NSUI president,” Mishra said.

On Tuesday, the BJP top leaders including its chief JP Nadda and union minister Smriti Irani had hit out at the Congress over the alleged toolkit of the opposition party, claiming it wants to tarnish the image of the country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling the new coronavirus strain the “India strain” or the “Modi strain”.

The Congress had retorted accusing the ruling BJP of propagating a fake toolkit to defame the Opposition party.

The Congress has also filed a case with Delhi Police seeking registration of an FIR against BJP chief J P Nadda, general secretary B L Santhosh, union ninister Smriti Irani and spokesman Sambit Patra.

Twitter v/s union government

Twitter had tagged some of the posts on this alleged Congress “toolkit” against the BJP government as “manipulated media”. Among those whose posts was tagged is BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

However, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) twrote to the Twitter objecting to the tag.

In a letter, the ministry said the move by Twitter appears “prejudged”, “prejudiced”, and “arbitrary”.