Cover picture row: Kejriwal smells a conspiracy, wants case against magazine

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2016 16:20 IST
Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal (HT File Photo)

Smelling a conspiracy in the use of his “photoshopped” picture on the cover of a weekly news magazine, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday wrote to the Delhi police commissioner, demanding a “thorough probe”.

In a letter addressed to Alok Verma, Kejriwal sought registration of a criminal case against the magazine, while also asking the police to investigate the possibility of his political opponents — the Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress — conspiring with the magazine.

The news magazine had, in its Hindi edition of July 20, carried an image of Kejriwal dressed as a “nihang”, inviting strong voices of protests from Sikh organisations. A complaint against the magazine has also been given to the Delhi Police by All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) president Karnail Singh Peermohammad.

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Kejriwal said the image has hurt religious sentiments of Sikhs, and a criminal case under various sections of the Indian law should be lodged against the magazine. “The image on the magazine has been prepared using Photoshop and my photograph has been used without my knowledge. I suspect the Congress and SAD are behind the move. It is all a part of a cleverly planned conspiracy. There is a need to uncover it. The Delhi police should take this matter seriously,” he stated in the demi official letter.

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