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MP: FIR against Kamal Nath for allegedly creating panic through comments on Covid-19 | India News


BHOPAL: An FIR was registered against Madhya Pradesh’s head of Congress, Kamal Nath, on Sunday for allegedly creating panic over the coronavirus pandemic through his comments, a police officer said.
The case against him was filed based on a complaint filed by Bhopal BJP district president Sumeet Pachouri and two BJP MLAs – Vishwas Sarang and Rameshwar Sharma – among others, he said.
Nath, a former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, was charged under section 188 (disobedience to a duly promulgated order by a public servant) of the IPC and section 54 (making or circulating a false alarm or warning about a disaster or its severity or magnitude, causing panic) of the National Disaster Management Law of 2005, the official said.
The FIR was registered at the Crime Branch Police Station, Bhopal, he said.
On the basis on which the case against Nath was brought, Bhopal Headquarters Police Superintendent Ramji Shrivastav said that the action was taken based on the complaint and two videos provided by the complainants on a USB stick.
The investigation of the case continues, he said, without giving further details.
In the complaint, BJP leaders alleged that Nath had said at his press conference in Ujjain on Saturday that “Corona, which has spread around the world, is being known as the Indian variant of the virus.”
Kamal Nath’s statement at this time of crisis is creating confusion and smearing the country internationally, the complaint says.
He added that Nath has disobeyed the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to stop COVID-19 and his act amounts to sedition according to the IPC.
In addition, the complaint also said that Nath’s “false accusations” that the government was hiding the actual number of deaths that occurred due to the coronavirus amount to creating fear and falls under the category of crime.

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