Tue, 06 Dec 2022 09:44 AM (IST)
GUJARAT Police arrested Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale over a tweet promoting alleged fake news about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Morbi after a bridge collapse incident there, an official, as quoted by PTI said on Tuesday.
Gokhale was apprehended from Jaipur in Rajasthan during the early hours by officials of the Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Cyber Crime, Jitendra Yadav said.
The police said, the FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code Sections 465, 469, 471 (all for forgery) and 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory).
Gokhale recently tweeted a news clipping that purported to be taken from a prominent Gujarati newspaper. The news clipping claimed a query under the Right to Information (RTI) revealed the Gujarat government had spent Rs 30 crore on PM Modi's visit to Morbi after a bridge collapsed there in October which claimed had claimed 135 lives.
Taking reference from the article, Gokhale in a tweet said, "RTI reveals that Modi's visit to Morbi for a few hours cost Rs 30 crore...Just Modi's event management and PR costs more than the lives of 135 innocent people."
ACP Jadhav, cited by PTI said, "When we contacted Gujarat Samachar, the management told us this news was never published and it was totally fake and created by someone to look authentic. Thus, we have detained Gokhale for spreading fake news."
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress responded to the matter and termed the whole action against Gokhale a "political vendetta".
Taking to Twitter, TMC national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien wrote, “TMC national spokesperson Saket Gokhale arrested by Gujarat Police. Saket took a 9 pm flight from New Delhi to Jaipur on Monday. When he landed, Gujarat Police was at the airport in Rajasthan waiting for him and picked him up,” O'Brien wrote in his tweet.
O'Brien further detailed the timeline after Gujarat Police arrested Gokhale. “At 2 am on Tuesday, Gokhale called his mother and told her that the police were taking him to Ahmedabad and he would reach that city by noon,” O'Brien claimed in his subsequent tweet.
"The police let him make that two-minute phone call and then confiscated his phone and all his belongings. The cooked-up case is filed with the Ahmedabad cyber cell about Saket's tweet on the Morbi bridge collapse. All this cannot silence the All India Trinamool Congress and the Opposition. BJP taking political vendetta to another level," he alleged in a tweet.