Rahul Gandhi | Photo: ANI
New Delhi: Jaipur police registered case against BJP leaders and a TV channel for airing a doctored video of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Former Union minister and BJP spokesperson Rajyavardhan Rathore was booked for sharing "deliberately fabricated and distorted reportage" on Gandhi's comments in Kerala.
Rahul's comment that he has fogiven the attackers (of his office in Wayanad) was shared with the caption that the statement of the MP was regarding the Udaipur murder.
Congress leader and head of media and publicity Pawan Khera had said more such action will be taken against the BJP and its leaders for "propagating fake news" and sharing the doctored video in which Gandhi's comments about SFI leaders, who allegedly ransacked his Wayanad office were "mischievously" used to suggest he was condoning or forgiving the killers of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur.
The purported video has since been taken off air and the channel has apologised after admitting its mistake, he said, but added that a lot of damage has already been done.
Khera warned that the Congress will take stern and befitting legal action against all those indulging in fake news against its leadership. The Congress' "decency should not be mistaken as its shackle", he said.
The Congress leader alleged that former information and broadcasting minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, who hails from Rajasthan, shared the video "irresponsibly" and some others in the BJP followed suit.
Rathore hit back at Khera in a tweet in Hindi saying the Congress leaders who made "baseless allegations" against the RSS and the BJP will have to face the consequences.
"Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders will now have to apologise, else they should be ready to face harsh legal action," the BJP spokesperson said.
"The manner in which these people are making attempts at diverting investigation and diverting public attention by levelling baseless allegations against the RSS and the BJP,they will have to face the consequences," Rathore said in the tweet.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh also shared a picture of the Udaipur accused on Twitter purportedly seen with BJP leaders, and said the "truth" of the BJP's patriotism is visible in the photo.
(With PTI inputs)