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Haridwar DM’s staff shares morphed photo of prime minister, faces probe

DM Deepak Rawat ordered a probe Friday even as the reader (peshkar), Sudesh Kumar, claimed that it was his son who shared the photo on his Facebook wall

dehradun Updated: Oct 13, 2017 20:08 IST
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The reader (peshkar) claimed that it was his son who shared the photo on his Facebook wall.
The reader (peshkar) claimed that it was his son who shared the photo on his Facebook wall.(HT FILE)

A reader at Haridwar district magistrate’s office has landed in a soup after he shared a morphed photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his Facebook page.

DM Deepak Rawat ordered a probe Friday even as the reader (peshkar), Sudesh Kumar, claimed that it was his son who shared the photo on his Facebook wall.

Kumar had on Thursday shared the picture in which Modi’s face was found to have been superimposed on that of jailed self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu, sources said.

The photo soon gathered several likes, comments and shares, drawing attention of the district administration and prompting it to launch the probe.

DM Rawat, who is active on Facebook, said the additional district magistrate (finance) would be heading a three-member probe committee.

He said other two members of the committee will be the district information officer and a cyber expert to be nominated by Haridwar’s senior superintendent of police.

“As this matter is quite sensitive, involving a government servant sharing objectionable post on the prime minister, I have appointed a probe team... And if found guilty, appropriate action will be taken against Kumar,” Rawat told HT.

When contacted, Kumar said the photo was already viral on social media and by mistake his son shared it on his Facebook wall.

In July 2016, a controversy had erupted in Madhya Pradesh when an IAS officer, Ajay Gangwar ‘liked’ a Facebook post critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and praised first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Gangwar, who was Barwani collector, was transferred to the secretariat in Bhopal by the Madhya Pradesh’s BJP government and told to give an explanation.

Notably, Rajasthan, another BJP ruled state, this week proposed disciplinary action against those government employees who “tarnish the government’s image” through their posts on social media and text messaging app WhatsApp.