Agartala, May 1, 2019
Tripura Congress vice president Tapas Dey on May 1st, 2019 has been booked for purportedly sharing fake news about a divorce suit against Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on social media.
The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Arindam Nath told the reporters that a case has been registered against Dey for sharing some fake news items about Chief Minister Deb.
“We have registered a case against him in connection with a previous case against one Saikat Talapatra. Tapas Dey allegedly shared some fake news items about the CM. He has admitted having shared the news items,” the DIG said as The Indian Express quoted.
It may be mentioned that Saikat Talapatra, who is a school teacher and freelance journalist, was arrested on April 28th, 2019 for posting ‘objectionable content’ on his Facebook account about Deb. He was charged with defamation and criminal conspiracy against the CM.
The DIG further said, “The law will take its own course. But there is no apparent apprehension that he will escape. So, the police is not in a hurry to arrest him.”
On the other hand, reacting to the charges levelled against him, the former legislator Dey said, “I have honestly shared the news items on WhatsApp and asked my friends on social media to confirm me. I have neither passed any comments or any value judgments on it. I am ready to face the law.”