Union minister Smriti Irani’s aide lodged an FIR on behalf of her because a developer used her picture without her consent. Irani’s private secretary Vijay Gupta had written to the Superintendent of Police, Khyati Garg complaining that a local paper had published an advertisement by Sai Green City, Jagdishpur which had used the pictures, names, and designations of some eminent people including Irani to sell plots.
The letter demanded a need for action and FIR has been lodged in Jagdispur Police Station against some unknown persons as investigations are on, Garg added.
“The letter in this connection stressed that the name and picture of the MP (Irani) have been used in the advertisement without her consent for attracting buyers,” SP Garg said.
Inquiries are going on with the MD of the Sai Green City, Virendra Vidhi, his partner Sonu Yagya Saini, gram pradhan Abhay Pratap Singh and others, the SP stated.
Using the picture, name, and post of a peoples’ representative without his/her consent is a crime, the SP said.
The name and picture of Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Pasi and outgoing district unit president of the BJP Durgesh Tripathi names have also been used in the advertisement along with Union Minister Smiriti Irani.
Congress leader and MLC Dipak Singh had highlighted the matter through a tweet saying it had not yet been a year since Irani won Amethi and she was already selling plots by giving advertisements in newspapers.