Unprecedented Defamation Allegations: Prominent Politicians Rahul Gandhi, Siddaramaiah, and DK Shivakumar Summoned by Special Court

Rahul Gandhi

S Keshavprasad, the state secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lodged a complaint on May 9 against several prominent leaders for publishing an advertisement that accused the then-ruling BJP of embezzling Rs 1.5 lakh crore from the state and taking a 40% commission from government contracts. The complaint, which alleged that the advertisement tarnished the BJP’s reputation, has resulted in a special court in Bengaluru summoning Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Deputy CM DK Shivakumar, and AICC leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday. These leaders are being accused of orchestrating a smear campaign against the BJP by disseminating false advertisements ahead of the recent assembly elections.

The special court, which exclusively handles criminal cases involving current and former lawmakers, has scheduled the recording of statements for July 27. The BJP expressed its approval of the court’s decision via a tweet, highlighting the ease with which people can be misled through false statements and misleading advertisements. The party asserted that the court would administer appropriate punishment in this matter.

During the election campaign, the Congress party consistently targeted the BJP over the alleged 40% commission charge. This accusation has been in circulation since the State Contractors’ Association sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2014, making the claim. The party has repeatedly emphasized this allegation, even citing the unfortunate incident of a contractor taking his own life, attributing it to the exorbitant bribes he purportedly had to pay.

During the ride, Mr. Gandhi noted that the trucks in the U.S. are designed keeping in mind the safety and comfort of the driver, which is not the case in India. It was highlighted during the ride that while truck drivers here at home struggle to make ends meet with meagre wages and a record price rise, their American counterparts receive dignity for their labor with decent wages. During his conversation with Gill about the rising prices of commodities, inflation and politics in India, Mr. Gandhi noted that no religion teaches one to spread hate.

Rahul Gandhi

Shortly after Siddaramaiah assumed office, former CM Basavaraj Bommai criticized the new government, demanding substantiation of the party’s claims and urging contractors to reduce their quotes for government contracts by 40% now that the new administration was in power. Bommai insisted that the government thoroughly investigate all instances of fraud committed by the previous administration and release all relevant documents pertaining to corruption charges.

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