GUWAHATI: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has directed Assam Police CID to initiate an inquiry against those who allegedly created as well as uploaded fake doctored video of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal in which he was shown saying that he would set up “an Islamic nation” with the help of the Congress if comes to power.
The ECI move came in reply to activist Saket Gokhale who had filed a plea with the poll body over the mass sharing of the video.
The ECI said that the Assam DGP has entrusted the probe to CID which has been directed to use all investigative tools, including forensics.
“The Director-General of Police, Assam vide order has entrusted the investigation of the case to the CID, Assam and the CID has been instructed to use all investigative tools including video forensics while conducting the investigation,” the ECI said in an official communiqué to Gokhale. Further, as informed by the ECI the concerned twitter post was no longer in existence.
Earlier, Ajmal reacting to the video said that it was a ‘doctored’ video and was circulated to malign his and his party’s image. He also said that he would register a case against it.
Fact-checking had found that the original speech of Ajmal – uploaded in 2019 on YouTube from a public speech – spoke exactly the opposite of what the ‘doctored’ video had telecasted. Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in that speech in the run-up to the 2019 parliamentary polls, Ajmal had said, “The Mughals had ruled this India for 800 years and then British for 200 years but had never dreamt of making it neither an Islamic nation nor a Christian nation. In independent India, the Congress has run this country for 55 of the 70 years but too did not anything like that.”