Trinamool Congress leader Saket Gokhale has forged documents to release false allegations related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Morbi, Gujarat after the bridge tragedy, police sources said today, in his first state since his dramatic arrest in Rajasthan. two days.
Trinamool’s national spokesman, Saket Gokhale, was detained in Jaipur late last night after he posted a tweet allegedly spreading “fake news” about Prime Minister Modi. The arrest was made after BJP leader Amit Kothari lodged a complaint with the police in Ahmedabad.
He will face charges including forgery and could be jailed for up to five years.
The Dec. 1 tweet cited a response from Right to Information (RTI), “revealing that Prime Minister’s visit to Morbi cost the Gujarat government Rs. 300 crore,” far more than the compensation given to victims (totaling Rs. 50 crore). It was flagged as “false” by the government’s fact-checking arm the same day.
A source in the Gujarat Police Cyber Cell told NDTV that Saket Gokhale is believed to have used the font of the newspaper Gujarat Samachar in his tweet “claiming” that it was a media clipping in RTI’s reply.
Gujarat Samachar denied submitting any RTI.
“The entire RTI is manufactured by Saket Gokhale,” the source said, noting that it usually takes about two months for the RTI to reply.
Mr Gokhale told reporters it was “ironic” that he had been arrested for the tweet when those responsible for the bridge tragedy – the owners of the Oreva company hired to carry out bridge repairs and maintenance – were “on the loose”.
Gujarat police confirmed Mr Gokhale was detained after Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien tweeted that it was a “political vendetta” by the BJP. He said Mr Gokhale was on a Monday night flight from Delhi to Jaipur, from where he was “picked up” by Gujarat police. He had recently undergone heart surgery and was on a private visit in Jaipur.
Police in Gujarat drove him all the way to Ahmedabad. He was called for 1.5 to 2 minutes before his phone was confiscated, the source said. He called his mother and told her not to worry, the source said.
chief minister of bangladesh Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool CEO said Saket Gokhale only tweeted what he believed to be news reports. “It is a vindictive attitude. I condemn it,” she told reporters during a visit to Ajmer.
In October, more than 130 people were killed when a renovated colonial bridge collapsed in the Gujarat town of Morbi.
Prime Minister Modi visited his home town on November 1, and besides going to the scene of the tragedy, he also met the injured.