Two FIRs registered against popular news portal The Wire’s Founder-Editor Siddharth Varadarajan for spreading fake news against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. It claimed in that he whitewash the deeds of Tablighi Jamaat, had wrongly attributed a fake quote to the Uttar Pradesh CM.
On the day the Tablighi Jamaat event was held, Adityanath insisted 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”. https://t.co/rO09bSkHSe via @TheWire_in— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) March 30, 2020
Mrityunjay Kumar, the media advisor to the UP Chief Minister, informed that after several warning from the state government, Varadarajan neither deleted the false article and nor apologised for the same. Therefore, an FIR registered against him and actions been taken as warned earlier. “If you are also thinking about Yogi government kindly remove such thinking from your brain”, Kumar warned others about spreading fake news generators about UP govt.
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
Siddharth Varadarajan tweeted a article link claiming that the Nehru Stadium in Delhi will be converted into quarantine facility. While sharing it, Varadarajan also made a quote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Varadarajan claimed that on the day Tablighi Jamaat event was being held, “Adityanath insisted a large Ram Navami fair planned for Ayodhya from 25th of March to 2nd of April would proceed as usual and that ‘Lord Ram would protect devotees from the coronavirus”.
Statement by the Founding Editors of The Wire: pic.twitter.com/frw5oRxw18— The Wire (@thewire_in) April 1, 2020
Second FIR against The Wire
Varadarajan took quotes of an expelled mahant and misattributed them to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to whitewash the Tablighi Jamaat superspreaders. After his tweet, Mrityunjay Kumar had tweeted saying that CM Yogi has not made any such comment. ‘Delete it else actions will be taken against it and defamation proceedings will also be initiated. After that you will be forced to beg for donations for legal case along with donations for the website’,