A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh against the individuals responsible for managing the social media accounts of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former Chief Minister Kamal Nath, and former Union Minister Arun Yadav. The legal action was taken in response to a social media post accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of corruption.
This FIR comes after several warnings issued prominent BJP leaders in Madhya Pradesh. The warnings were triggered allegations made Congress leaders of a “50 percent commission government” under the current BJP administration.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s post on X platform (formerly known as Twitter) on August 11th claimed that a group of contractors from Madhya Pradesh had submitted a letter to the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. According to the letter, the contractors were allegedly forced to pay a 50 percent commission in order to receive payment for their work. Gandhi Vadra also alleged that the corruption levels of the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh exceeded that of the BJP government in Karnataka, which demanded a 40 percent commission.
The FIR was filed Nimesh Pathak, a member of the BJP’s legal cell in Indore, under sections 420 and 469 of the Indian Penal Code, relating to cheating, dishonesty, inducing delivery of property, and forgery for the purpose of harming reputation. The FIR specifically names Gyanendra Awasthi and the handlers of Twitter accounts @MPArunYadav, @OfficeOfKNath, and @priyankagandhi.
Pathak filed the complaint after coming across a newspaper article shared on social media Congress party leaders. The article featured a letter supposedly written a union of contractors to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, alleging that the state government demanded a 50 percent commission for project approvals.
The police took action as the fake letter had been widely circulated on social media. Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s husband, Robert Vadra, expressed his support for her presence in the Lok Sabha, stating that she is qualified for it and deserves to be there.