Cyber Defamation Scandal Targets Union Minister

Five unidentified individuals have been booked for allegedly defaming Union minister Parshottam Rupala by sharing misleading images and videos on Instagram. The Rajkot Cyber Crime Cell registered the case on May 26 following a complaint by BJP worker Yogesh Panchani. No arrests have been made yet.

PTI | Rajkot | Updated: 28-05-2024 19:29 IST | Created: 28-05-2024 19:29 IST
Cyber Defamation Scandal Targets Union Minister
Parshottam Rupala
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Five unidentified persons have been booked for allegedly maligning the image of Union minister and BJP candidate from Rajkot Lok Sabha seat, Parshottam Rupala, through misleading images and videos using fake Instagram IDs, police said on Tuesday.

Based on a complaint lodged by BJP worker Yogesh Panchani, Rajkot Cyber Crime Cell on May 26 registered an FIR against five Instagram users who had shared such misleading posts to malign Rupala's reputation, said Assistant Commissioner of Police, BB Basia.

''The case was registered under section 66 C of the IT Act for posting defamatory posts against Rupala,'' the police officer said, adding that no arrest has been made so far.

Notably, Rupala had faced the Rajput community's ire ahead of polls for his remarks on erstwhile rulers. Several community leaders had launched a campaign after the BJP refused to replace him as Rajkot Lok Sabha candidate.

As per the FIR, the objectionable posts were first noticed by Rupala's PA on May 13, who sent an application to the Rajkot Police and also attached the links to the Instagram posts.

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