An FIR was registered against unidentified people on Thursday, for allegedly creating fake social media accounts of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray as well as posting "objectionable pictures" of the MNS chief and his family members online, the police said.
"An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act in connection with the complaint related to MNS chief Raj Thackeray," Shivaji Park police station's senior inspector Parshuram Kakad said.
"A written complaint was handed over to the police by Thackeray's personal assistant Sachin More and accordingly the FIR was registered," Kakad said.
The written complaint submitted on Wednesday by More read, "We wish to bring to your notice that fake accounts on social networking sites such as Facebook and Orkut have been created in the name of MNS chief Raj Thackeray and intimate pictures of Thackeray have been posted online without his consent".
The complaint stated that alleged impostors had sent "friend requests" to people online. After accepting these "friend requests", the fraudsters indulged in chats in the name of Raj Thackeray.
"The impostor is fooling people by making them believe that Raj Thackeray himself is chatting with them," it alleged.
It is imperative to take strict action against the accused as they have indulged in criminal acts of posting fake political reactions and thereby creating confusion in the minds of the people, the letter said.
RPI's Athawale claims Pawar invited him to join hands with NCP Mumbai PTI
As major political coalitions in Maharashtra continue to squabble over seat sharing for the October 15 assembly elections, attempts at poaching the rivals are afoot with RPI(A) leader Ramdas Athawale on Thursday claiming he was invited by NCP chief Sharad Pawar to join hands with his party.
RPI(A) is a constituent of 'Mahayuti', a rainbow alliance led by BJP and Shiv Sena.
"Sharad Pawar called me up today (Thursday) and asked me to leave the Mahayuti and join hands with NCP to contest the upcoming state assembly polls. He said that he has been keenly watching the seat sharing problems in Mahayuti and asked me to reconsider my decision of staying on in the alliance," Athawale told PTI.
Athawale, however, said he had no plans to exit the Mahayuti "as yet".
"I told Pawar that though there are seat sharing problems in Mahayuti, I am confident they will agree to give us at least 10 seats," he said.
"Coming back to power in the state post-elections is possible only if the Mahayuti fights the elections as one force. I hope the seat sharing pact gets finalised soon so we have a clear pre-poll scenario in front of us," he added.
Athawale, a Rajya Sabha member, was a long-standing ally of NCP but parted ways with it in 2011 and forged ties with the saffron coalition.
Despite going separate ways politically, he is believed to have maintained close personal equations with Pawar.
Meanwhile, when contacted, state NCP president Sunil Tatkare and party spokesperson Nawab Malik said they had no information about any such development.
"We have not been intimated by the top leadership about any such development," they said.