Mumbai: A Police complaint has been filed against News 18 anchor Amish Devgan for spreading false news on his show Aar Paar on May 1, 2020. The Police complaint has been registered over his false claims of Muslims offering of namaz in Kurla masjid, Devgn also showed a fake video claiming the gathering of people near Kurla Masjid.
The Police complaint was registered at the Kurla police station in Mumbai.
The founding member of Public Care Foundation Shahzad Khan and President of All India Transport Congress (INTUC), Azim Khan filed a complaint against Amish Devgn for spreading fake news through his show Aar Paar on News 18 channel, Amish is accused of hurting the sentiments of the Muslim community.
Shahzad Khan, the founding member of NGO Public Care Foundation, in conversation with Newsd said that the dispute took place in Kurla on April 29 but Amish aired the video of the same on May 1, claiming it was of the same day. He further told us that the location of the dispute between the localites and the police took place in the Wafati lane area which is not even near to Kurla Masjid.
Shahzad further added to it that Amish’s show has not only hurt their sentiment but has also lead the attack on Maharashtra government as it raised the questioned toward their lockdown imposition rules. Khan said that the Mumbai Police and the Muslim community was targeted with the fakes news of Amish Devgn and thus they have filed a complaint against him.
The Public Care Foundation and INTUC has demanded the imposition of Section 295(a) and Section 124(a) on Amish Devgn and News18 for spreading fake news.
The complaint further added that on May 1, Amish Devgn’s show Aar Paar was aired at 7:40 PM, Devgn showed the fake news and claimed it that Muslim community was offering prayers at the Kurla Masjid amid the lockdown.
Amish on his show had said that ” Iss samay ki bohot badi khabar, Kurla se tasveerein aa rahi hai waha par namaaz ke baad masjid mein logo ki jyada bheed thi toh police vahan par gayi hai, Police ke sath badsalukhi ki gayi hai.”
Anchor Amish also showed a clip of people gathering at Masjid by claiming the false statement.
Amish Devgn of News18 India has often faced public ridicule on social media. A Congress spokesperson had once famously called him a ‘names’ during a live TV debate on Devgn’s own TV channel. Since then, his critics have frequently targeted him by calling him a ‘cheap copy of Arnab Goswami.’