Raipur, May 24
Responding to the police notice, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra did not appeared before police neither in person nor through video conference in connection with the case of alleged toolkit circulated in social media platform.
According to police, Civil Lines police have service a notice to BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra and directed him to appear either personally or through video conference on May 23 at 4 pm for the investigation.
Citing some personal engagements, Patra did not appeared before police and sought more time, said Civil Lines Station House Officer (SHO) R K Mishra, adding that the leader was asked to appear on May 26.
In an email to police, Patra’s advocate stated that “My client is in receipt of your notice reference above, which was e-mailed to him at 9:29 am on May 23, directing him to appear before you at 4 pm on the same day. You must appreciate that it is not at all reasonable to expect my client to appear to pursuant to your notice in such a short time. Moreover, as my client is the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he is currently in the midst of coordinating several critical relief responses, including for the approaching cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’. This requires him to constantly and timely interact with the media and personnel in multiple states, so that public is kept well informed and adequate relief works are undertaken.”
The mail further added that I would therefore request you to give my client at least one week’s time for such video conference, along with any questions/queries that you may have.
Notably, a notice was also served to former Chief Minister and BJP national vice-president Raman Singh asking him to remain present in his residence at 12:30 pm on May 24 for recording his statement regarding the toolkit case and provide informatio.
It may be recalled that an FIR was registered against Chhattisgarh’s former Chief Minister and BJP national vice-president Raman Singh, party’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra and others in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur on May 19 for allegedly spreading fake news and promoting enmity between classes in the alleged toolkit row. The case was filed here at Civil Lines police station based on the complaint of Akash Sharma, the president of National Students’ Union of India’s (NSUI) Chhattisgarh unit. Sharma has complained that these BJP leaders have circulated fabricated content using a fake letterhead of the Congress by projecting it as a toolkit developed by the grand old party.