Delhi Police Summons Telangana Congress Chief Over Alleged Fake Amit Shah Video

Delhi Police summons Telangana Congress chief over allegedly doctored video of Amit Shah, sparking political row over misinformation during elections.

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Delhi Police Summons Telangana Congress Chief Over Alleged Fake Amit Shah Video

Delhi Police Summons Telangana Congress Chief Over Alleged Fake Amit Shah Video

The Delhi Police has summoned Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy for questioning on May 1 in connection with an allegedly doctored video of Union Home Minister Amit Shah that was shared on social media handles of the Telangana Congress. The police have registered an FIR under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the IT Act, following complaints by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the BJP.

The video in question allegedly showed Shah speaking about abolishing reservation quotas for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes. However, the BJP has claimed that the original video was edited to falsely depict Shah's statements. "An old video of Amit Shah discussing the removal of the 4 per cent 'unconstitutional' reservation for Muslims in Telangana was edited to falsely depict him calling for ending reservation during a recent Lok Sabha election rally," the BJP alleged.

Besides Reddy, the Delhi Police has also issued notices to five other people, including some Congress leaders, who shared the allegedly doctored video. The police have asked Twitter and Facebook to share details of the accounts that uploaded and shared the video.

Why this matters: The circulation of the alleged fake video has sparked a political row between the BJP and Congress amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. The incident highlights the growing concern over the spread of misinformation and doctored content on social media platforms during sensitive times such as elections.

Reacting to the summons, Revanth Reddy accused the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using the Delhi Police for their "political gains." "The BJP government is trying to intimidate people who question them on social media," Reddy said. He vowed to defeat Modi and Shah in the upcoming elections, especially in Telangana and Karnataka. The Congress party has condemned the notices served on Reddy, describing them as an assault on the people of Telangana.

Meanwhile, Amit Shah has reaffirmed that there will be no rethink on reservations as long as the BJP-led NDA is in power. He accused the Congress of spreading "canards" against the BJP on the issue of reservation. The Assam Police has also arrested one person named Reetom Singh in connection with posting the same alleged fake video.

Key Takeaways

  • Delhi Police summons Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy over allegedly doctored video of Amit Shah.
  • BJP claims video edited to falsely depict Shah calling for ending reservation; police issue notices to others.
  • Revanth Reddy accuses BJP of using Delhi Police for political gains, vows to defeat Modi and Shah.
  • Amit Shah reaffirms no rethink on reservations under BJP-led NDA; Assam Police arrests one person.
  • Incident highlights concerns over misinformation and doctored content on social media during elections.