The Tamil Nadu Police has reportedly arrested two persons and filed 43 cases for allegedly misreporting Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s health condition on social media and other platforms.
Following complaints from AIADMK members, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Monday arrested two persons, identified as Satish Kumar (26) and Madasamy (25), for spreading rumours about the health of Jayalalithaa, who is under treatment at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, for the last three weeks.
Sathish Sharma, a software engineer from Namakkal district, had allegedly shared false information through Facebook, while Madasamy reportedly used a portal called tamilentertainment.co.in to upload a conversation purportedly by a staff of the Apollo Hospitals, the police said.
Meanwhile, according to media reports, the police also registered 43 cases for posting wrong information regarding the CM’s health.
A statement released by TN police read as: “In total, 43 cases have been registered in connection with posting of malicious and false content regarding the health condition of the Chief Minister on the social media.”
“Users of social media are advised not to spread false, malicious and motivated information regarding the health condition of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Stern action will be taken against the culprits, if any such content is noticed,” it added.
Many rumours started doing the rounds after the 68-year-old chief minister was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The latest statement from the hospital declared that she is under constant monitoring by intensivists and consultants.
Meanwhile, expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa demanded a CBI inquiry into the health condition of Chief Minister, saying it should be found out that whether she fell sick naturally and or was forced to become sick.
She also complained that Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala Natarajan is now “controlling” the day-to-day affairs of the government and demanded an inquiry into Natarajan’s income and properties.