Two FIRs have been filed against The Wire for spreading lies and misinformation against UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
Bengaluru: Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of news portal The Wire, finds himself in trouble as two FIRs have been launched against him for spreading fake news against UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as reported by ANI.
FIR registered against online portal 'The Wire' for allegedly disseminating fake news. pic.twitter.com/yfE6Ftx5qT— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2020
One FIR was registered on Wednesday at Kotwali Nagar police station in Faizabad under Sections 188 of the IPC, while the other was filed by Harbhajan Gaud in Ayodhya Police station against the editor for posting fake tweet, as reported by a popular website.
Varadarajan had tweeted thus: “On the day the Tablighi Jamaat event was held, Adityanath insisted on a large Ram Navami fair planned for Ayodhya from March 25 to April 2 would proceed as usual and that ‘Lord Ram would protect devotees from the coronavirus’.”
But reports point out that the quotes were taken from an expelled mahant and then, portrayed it to the CM.
But as the tweet went viral, media adviser to CM Adityanath, Mrityunjay Kumar took to twitter to clarify on the issue.
झूठ फैलाने का प्रयास ना करे, मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ जी ने कभी ऐसी कोई बात नहीं कही है। इसे फ़ौरन डिलीट करे अन्यथा इस पर कार्यवाही की जाएगी तथा डिफ़ेमेशन का केस भी लगाया जाएगा। वेबसाईट के साथ-साथ केस लड़ने के लिए भी डोनेशन माँगना पड़ेगा फिर। https://t.co/2rEJmToLIh— Mrityunjay Kumar (@MrityunjayUP) April 1, 2020
But as the tweet was not deleted, an FIRs were filed against the editor.
In fact, Yogi Adiyanath had appealed to the devotees not to hold public celebrations of Ram Navami in view of the coronavirus last month.
Yogi Adityanath had urged his people to hold festivities within the confines of their homes.
"Chaitra Navratri is imminent and many devotees visit temples especially on the first, second, eight and ninth day. Fairs are also organised in many areas that see mass participation of people. In light of special circumstances, I appeal to the public to perform any religious ceremony at their homes so that the spread of the infectious virus can be prevented," Adityanath said in a government press release.
Last Updated Apr 2, 2020, 1:38 PM IST