Youth Congress sends legal notice to BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya over tweet against BV Srinivas

Malviya has been also asked to publicly apologise over the tweet; the Youth Congress threatened to make a legal move if he fails to do so.

ByMuhammed Fazil

Published Mar 29, 2023 | 7:47 PMUpdatedMar 29, 2023 | 7:48 PM

Amit Malviya legal notice

The Youth Congress on Wednesday, 29 March, sent a legal notice to BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya over a tweet he had made against Youth Congress national president BV Srinivas.

Malviya accused the Karnataka-based leader of using sexist remarks against Union Minister Smriti Irani.

“It is a well-known fact that the comments made by you on social media are based on wrong information and with malicious intent,” said advocate Mareesh Sahay in the legal notice.

“That the said statements made by you not only are of bad taste, and ill-willed but violate the provisions of Section 66E, 66A, 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Section 499, 34, 44, 120, 500 of IPC, 1860,” he added.

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Public apology sought

Malviya was also asked to publicly apologise to BV Srinivas over the tweet. The Youth Congress said it would otherwise make a legal move.

“This uncouth, sexist man is President of the Indian Youth Congress. Darling bana kar bedroom mein… This is the level of discourse, when referring to a woman minister, just because she defeated Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. A frustrated Congress is hurtling down the path of irrelevance [sic],” wrote Malviya on Twitter.

The tweet was shared with a video clip of BV Srinivas.

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‘Engineered claim’

The Congress, however, refuted the claims of Malviya saying that the allegation was “without any basis and purely engineered”.

The alleged remarks were made by Srinivas at the Sankalp Satyagrah organised by the Congress at the Rajghat to protest against the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as Lok Sabha MP following his conviction by a Surat court in a defamation case.

Irani on Tuesday hit out at the Congress leadership over the alleged remarks by BV Srinivas against her, saying the words he used were of Rahul Gandhi and the “sanskar” of Sonia Gandhi.

The BJP leader also alleged that Congress members who want “promotion” will continue to make “such kind of comments” against her so long as Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are there in the party.