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MLA Jignesh Mevani booked for ‘defaming’ school through ‘fake’ video

Mevani, who represents Vadgam Assembly constituency, had on May 20 shared a video on his Twitter account, showing a half naked school student being beaten up by someone, which he claimed, was a teacher of Valsad-based RMVM School.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2019 16:27 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Ahmedabad
RMVM School,Vadgam Assembly constituency,Twitter
Based on the complaint of the principal of the school, Mevani was booked under IPC sections 505 (2) (promoting rumour to create ill will) and 500 (defamation) he said.(HT Photo)

A case was registered against Gujarat independent MLA Jignesh Mevani for allegedly sharing a fake video on social media and defaming a private school in Valsad through it, police said Saturday.

Mevani, who represents Vadgam Assembly constituency, had on May 20 shared a video on his Twitter account, showing a half naked school student being beaten up by someone, which he claimed, was a teacher of Valsad-based RMVM School.

Principal of the school, Vijal Kumari Patel, Thursday lodged a complaint against the legislator at Valsad town police station, saying the video that he circulated did not belong to her school and that he defamed her school and the teachers working there, an official of the police station said.

Based on her complaint, Mevani was booked under IPC sections 505 (2) (promoting rumour to create ill will) and 500 (defamation) he said.

In his May 20 post on the micro blogging site, which has since been removed, Mevani had shared a link of the video, and claimed that the teacher of Valsad’s RMVM School was involved in thrashing a student. He had even tagged the PMO in his tweet posted in Hindi.

“Barbarism of worst form...do not leave behind a single WhatsApp number or group and forward this video to all.

He is a teacher of Valsad’s RM VM School. Share this so many times that both the teacher and school shut down. This is a message I received. @PMOIndia tell us what is this” Mevani has apparently deleted the tweet after some Twitter users claimed that the video belonged to Egypt and not Gujarat.

First Published: Jun 15, 2019 16:26 IST