MUMBAI – Senior Maharashtra Congress leader and former minister Naseem Khan on Friday lodged a complaint against Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra for posting a “fake video”.
Objecting to the video that emerged on the eve of Delhi polls, Khan has registered a complaint with Saki Naka police station in suburban Mumbai, and shot off letters to Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve and Election Commission of India seeking action against Patra.
“The BJP had stooped to the lowest levels while campaigning for the Delhi Assembly elections. Since their defeat is confirmed, they are now resorting to cheap tricks like defaming the Opposition parties,” Khan said.
He said that Patra has shared an old fake video fabricated by a BJP activist during the Maharashtra Assembly elections campaign in October 2019.
Patra posted on social media today a video about Khan whose authenticity was suspicious. In the video, Naseem Khan is purpotedly saying: “Pakistan Zindabad, If Modiji has courage…then file a sedition case”.
Patra also wrote: “Can anyone check the truth of this video for me? People in social media say this person is Congress leader Naseem Khan who is raising slogans of Pakistan Zindabad and challenging Modiji. Please run a fact check on this friend.. Do let me know.”
क्या कोई मेरे लिए इस विडीओ की सत्यता की जाँच कर सकता है?
Social Media में लोगों का कहना है यह व्यक्ति कांग्रेस का नेता नसीम खान है जो पाकिस्तान ज़िंदाबाद के नारे लगा रहा है और मोदी जी को challenge कर रहा है ..
Please run a fact check on this friends ..do let me know .. pic.twitter.com/7SyM2dkE4V
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) February 7, 2020
Fact-check website Altnews has done fact-check of the video and found that it was doctored.
WATCH: A clipped video has been revived on social media to portray Congress leader Naseem Khan chant 'Pakistan zindabad' when, in fact, he did not.pic.twitter.com/eqTc80yMqW
— Alt News (@AltNews) February 7, 2020
Khan said that when that ‘fake video’ had first surfaced during the Maharashtra elections, he had immediately lodged a police complaint on October 9, 2019, against the BJP activist Venkat Boddul.
“Thereafter, the Mumbai Police investigations revealed that the original video had been altered by the accused to make the fake video, and the police case is on. Unfortunately, the BJP is now again spreading the same fake video to gain votes in Delhi elections,” Khan said.
Despite all this, Khan said that Patra has chosen to upload it without verifying the antecedents in a bid to defame him (Khan) and tarnish the Congress image hours before the Delhi polls.
Patra was criticized many times for sharing fake videos and news reports in the past.
(With inputs from IANS)