Police awaiting response in BC Khanduri’s fake social media account case

As people interpreted the tweets as coming from Khanduri, they soon cooked up a political storm in the hill state.

dehradun Updated: Oct 07, 2017 18:44 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,BC Khanduri,Twitter account
The controversial tweets were made by an unidentified person under the name of BJP MP, BC Khanduri.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Dehradun: Over two weeks after controversial tweets made from an account in the name of former chief minister BC Khanduri created flutter in Uttarakhand politics, the real culprit behind the episode is yet to be traced. The police has written to the microblogging site Twitter for sharing the account details of the person who had purportedly posted the tweets in the veteran BJP leader’s name who is a Member of Parliament (MP).

On September 23, an unverified account @MG_BCKhanduri posing as that of the Lok Sabha MP’s had posted a series of contentious tweets in Hindi, which appeared to claim the senior leader’s disenchantment with the saffron party. As people interpreted it as coming from Khanduri, the tweets soon cooked up a political storm in the hill state.

Khanduri, however, denied having a Twitter account and a police complaint was filed by his daughter and sitting MLA from Yamkeshwar, Ritu Khanduri Bhushan at Nehru Colony police station in Dehradun the next day. “The tweets were made to malign my father’s image,” said Bhushan in her complaint. A case was registered against the unknown culprit on September 24 under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

“Based on the complaint, we had written to the Twitter head office in Delhi to seek details of the account holder and are hoping to further proceed with the investigation as soon as we receive the response. A reminder letter has also been sent to them,” said Kamlesh Sharma from the Nehru Colony police station.

The ruling BJP, meanwhile, has asked it leaders to ensure that they had social media accounts that are active. “We have asked all MLAs, key functionaries and other leaders or party workers who do not have social media accounts till date to create ones immediately. They have also been asked to activate any dormant accounts and update them regularly,” said BJP state president Ajay Bhatt, adding that directions were being issued down to the district level leaders.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 18:44 IST