Bengaluru court summons Rahul Gandhi, Siddaramaiah, DK Shivakumar in case filed by BJP over ‘PayCM’ ads

Special judge J Preeth also directed the registering of a criminal case against the accused, as well as the KPCC.


Published Feb 23, 2024 | 10:43 PMUpdatedFeb 23, 2024 | 11:29 PM

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A Bengaluru court on Friday, 23 February, summoned former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar to appear personally before it on 28 March in connection with a case filed by the BJP.

Special judge J Preeth also directed the registration of a criminal case against the accused persons, as well as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

The BJP has accused the Congress leaders of putting out false advertisements against its party leaders, including the then chief minister Basavaraj Bommai.

During the Karnataka Assembly elections last year, the Congress accused the BJP of “40 percent corruption” and placed several advertisements in newspapers alleging corruption by the then-ruling party.

Also, a poster campaign was launched targeting Bommai by displaying “PayCM” posters with the then-chief minister’s images across the city.

The Congress also published a “corruption rate card” against the former government.

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The case

The BJP filed a defamation case against the Congress leaders after the Assembly elections, alleging that the advertisements damaged the party’s image.

Vinod Kumar, the BJP’s lawyer, argued in court that the “false” advertisements had harmed the BJP’s reputation.

After hearing the arguments, the 42nd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court ordered the Congress leaders to appear before it on March 28 in connection with the case.

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