A message is going viral on WhatsApp that says former Chief election commissioner TN Seshan is dead. The fake news of the death of TN Seshan is widely spread on the messaging platform. The reality is that a retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, is alive.
This is the second time death hoax is being spread on TN Seshan. Last year, after the demise of his wife, his death was rumored in April. The hoax message read “Ex-Chief Election Commissioner Sri. TN Seshan, the once nightmare of many political parties passed away this morning. Yesterday his wife had passed away, A real divine couple. They had no children and since long they lived in an old aged home. What a lovely loving couple. Pray god their soul rest in peace.”
Not only did the common people fell into the prey of the fake news but also two union ministers also were the victims of the fake news. Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh had shared the fake news on Twitter. He had also tagged the Press Information Bureau, along with five others including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. His tweet was retweeted by Smriti Irani who was then heading the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
For those unaware, Seshan headed the Election Commission between 1990-96. It was said then that politicians feared only God or Seshan. He is known for bringing significant electoral reforms in the country. Issuance of Voter ID cards and a crackdown on all forms of bribery during the electioneering were some of the most remarkable poll reforms undertaken by him.