The Gujarat Police on Tuesday had arrested Gokhale over the tweet about Modi’s visit to Morbi after a bridge collapse incident there, sparking outrage from the ruling party of West Bengal.
Gokhale had been detained at Jaipur in Rajasthan by officials of the Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell, PTI had quoted assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Cyber Crime, Jitendra Yadav as saying.
“Based on a complaint we received from a citizen, an FIR has been lodged against Gokhale for spreading fake news about the PM’s visit to Morbi,” Yadav said.
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Gokhale was later arrested and brought to Ahmedabad where a court remanded him to two days’ police custody.
The FIR against him was registered under Indian Penal Code Sections 465, 469, 471 (all for forgery) and 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), police said.
Citing the news clipping which he attached in his tweet, Gokhale said, “RTI reveals that Modi’s visit to Morbi for a few hours cost Rs 30 crore…Just Modi’s event management and PR costs more than the lives of 135 innocent people.”
The ACP said, “When we contacted Gujarat Samachar, the management told us this news was never published and it was totally fake and created by someone to look authentic. Thus, we have detained Gokhale for spreading fake news.”