Amit Shah’s fake video probe: Police suspect Congress’ Arun Beereddy to be ‘main’ creator

The reports of electronic gadgets like mobile phones and laptops seized from Beereddy are yet to come from the forensic science laboratory.


Published May 08, 2024 | 8:50 PMUpdatedMay 08, 2024 | 9:05 PM

Arun Beereddy

The Delhi Police suspects that Arun Beereddy, the national coordinator of the Congress’ social media team, is the “main” creator of the fake video of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the official sources said on Wednesday, 8 May.

Beereddy, a native of Hyderabad, was arrested on 3 May from West Delhi. Following his arrest, he was produced before a court and it sent him to three days in custody for further interrogation by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell. He was sent to judicial custody on Tuesday.

According to a police officer, the investigations into the fake video have revealed some more names who are suspected to be Beereddy’s associates and who helped him in creating the fake video and sharing it on social media to spread misinformation during the elections.

Also Read: Revanth shared my doctored video to derive benefit in LS elections: Amit Shah

FSL reports yet to come

The reports of electronic gadgets like mobile phones and laptops seized from Beereddy are yet to come from the forensic science laboratory (FSL). But the investigations so far have pointed out that he was among the main creators of the fake video, an official source said.

Another official source said a team of Special Cell, camping in Telangana since the case was registered on 28 April, conducted raids at several places in Hyderabad on Monday and Tuesday to collect the evidence related to the case. They have also questioned a few people.

The cell, on a complaint from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), which comes under the home ministry, had registered the FIR under IPC Sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth), 465 (punishment for forgery), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation) and 171G (false statement in connection with an election).

The police added a section on criminal conspiracy later in the case.

The complaint was about the doctored video of Shah where his statements indicating a commitment to abolish quotas for Muslims on religious grounds in Telangana were changed to make it seem that he was advocating the scrapping of all reservations.

(Disclaimer: The headline, subheads, and intro of this report along with the photos may have been reworked by South First. The rest of the content is from a syndicated feed, and has been edited for style.)