Delhi police questioned on Friday Srinivas BV, the national president of the congressional youth wing, in connection with an alleged “illegal distribution” of Covid-19 relief materials, reported Indian express, citing the police.
Srinivas, a cricketer turned politician, helped distribute coronavirus relief supplies, including oxygen cylinders and medicine, in a war room inside the Youth Congress office in Delhi . This war room also monitors and responds to tweets asking for help. In 2020, the head of the Youth Congress set up a network of volunteers under âSOS IYCâ.
The politician’s relief work gained worldwide attention after a few foreign embassies in Delhi tagged him on Twitter, asking for help with Covid-19 material.
Police questioned Srinivas on Friday based on a petition claiming politicians from various parties were illegal distribution of drugs used for the treatment of coronavirus, NDTV reported.
âOn a subpoena filed by Deepak Singh regarding politicians involved in illegal distribution of Covid drugs etc., the Honorable Delhi High Court ordered Delhi police to investigate,â police said, according to the news channel. âPursuant to the Delhi High Court order, the Delhi police are investigating several politicians, including Srinivas. Today [Friday], the Crime Branch team visited the IYC [Indian Youth Congressâ] office to record the statement of Srinivas.
The Youth Congress leader told NDTV he had done nothing wrong and said his team will not be afraid of any petitions if their efforts can help save lives.
“We will not stop our work, we are not afraid,” he said.
Srinivas said his team answered all questions from officials of the Delhi PoliceCrime Branch who visited the Youth Congress office, according to ANI. âThey wanted to know the details of how we are helping people,â he said.
Besides Srinivas, the petition also names politicians such as MPs from Bharatiya Janata Party, Gautam Gambhir and Sujay Vikhe, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Mukesh Sharma. Deepak Singh, president of the nonprofit Hrudaya Foundation, filed the plea.
Police also questioned Aam Aadmi party deputy Dilip Pandey on Tuesday as part of the plea. In his application to the Delhi High Court, Singh called for an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the alleged “link between the medical mafia and politicians” and the distribution of drugs by politicians.
However, the High Court refused to consider the request on May 4. She had asked the applicant to address himself first to the Delhi Police Commissioner, Sachidanand Shrivastava. The High Court had also ordered the Delhi government to file a situation report within a week and entered the case for hearing on May 17.
âIs helping people a crime? Â»Asks Congress
After police questioned Srinivas, Congress hit the Center, asking if helping people was a crime.
âIs helping people with oxygen a crime? Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala asked in a video posted to Twitter. “Is Helping Dying Patients With Remdesivir A Crime?” Is Helping Patients With Medication A Crime? Is it a crime to have beds and fans? Is providing food to relatives of Covid-affected patients and ambulance drivers a crime? “
Surjewala also held Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Secretary Amit Shah responsible for questioning the leader of the Youth Congress. He claimed that Modi and Shah believed that helping people during the pandemic was a crime.
âThis is why Amit Shah and Narendra Modiji sent Delhi police to the Youth Congress office today to interrogate Srinivas and other party workers,â he said. “Is it a sin to provide the necessary help to the people that the Modi government could not help them?” ”
Surjewala added that members of the Congress Party, under the leadership of party leader Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi, will continue to offer assistance even if they are arrested.
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