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India Today, Times Now, ABP News, NDTV misreported on Khalid Saifi’s arrest



New Delhi: Delhi riots started on 23rd FEB and continued till 29th FEB. Reports say that the riots have taken more than 50 lives. The riots started when Anti-CAA protests and Pro-CAA protests were at a peak stage across the city. Delhi police have been arresting several people in relation to the riots and for making provocative speeches. Khalid Saifi one of the founding members of United Against Hate was also arrested by  SIT in a case related to Chand Bagh violence.

A viral claim is doing rounds across social media, mainstream news channels for the last few hours. Major Media houses published articles on the arrest of Khalid Saifi. India today says “Delhi Police arrests Khalid Saifi in Chand Bagh violence case“,(Archive).   Times Now published “Delhi riots: Police arrests man in Chand Bagh violence case“, (Archive) (Youtube video). Free Journal Press also published this, “Delhi Police arrests Khalid Saifi in Chand Bagh violence case: Who is he?” (Archive). NDTV hindi also reported “दिल्ली दंगों की साजिश के मामले में खालिद सैफी गिरफ्तार (Archive).

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ABP news covered this story, at 0:31 we can hear the reported is saying Crime Branch has arrested Khalis Saifi for Chand Bagh violence.

Twitter user, claiming that Khalid Saifi was arrested today:

Deepak Chaurasia, news anchor at NewsNation (always ahead in spreading misinformation) also tweeted the same. (Archive)

Mrs. Gandhi, (National Incharge of Social Media – BJP Mahila Morcha – World’s largest political party!), tweets “SIT has just arrested Khalid Saifi for orchestrating & planning Delhi riots along with Tahir Hussain & Umar Khalid. Sharing a few of his pics for an even better perspective of the company he keeps!”. (Archive).

Major Surendra Poonia also tweeted,

FactO Check:

We did a keyword search about Khalid Saifi and found two articles from, published on 27th FEB 2020 about Khalid Saifi’s arrest, another article published by the same media on 13th march about Khalid Saifi spotted walking with a broken leg. The video was allegedly taken when he was being shifted to jail after 14 days of police custody.  According to The Wire report published on 8th May, the Khalid Saifi bail plea was rejected when Sabu Ansari was granted bail. In the same article, The wire also wrote about Saifi’s arrest on 26th FEB.

Journalist Aditya Menon has also tweeted about Khalid Saifi’s arrest on 26th Feb 2020, we found a video on YouTube when Khalid was taken into custody on 26th FEB.

A post made by United against Hate page, where Khalid is a founding member, clearly states that he was booked in a third FIR on Sunday. They also mentioned he was first picked on 26th FEB.

So why Khalid Saifi is in news again?

When Times Now misreports in the tweet, in a video posted on their channel we can hear reporter Priyank narrates the real story. At 1:05 he says the Khalid was arrested earlier and Delhi Police has taken him under police custody, but the recent development is he was taken into custody by Crime Branch yesterday in Chand Bagh riot case.

Another article published by Maktoob Media, with heading “Delhi violence: Now, UAH activist Khalid Saifi booked in a third FIR“. The Delhi Police on Sunday ‘arrested’ activist Khalid Saifi who was already in custody and booked him in a third FIR related to the Delhi violence.

Another Journalist, Neha Dixit also slammed Times now for miss report.

Conclusion: According to all evidence and media reports, we conclude that the Khalid was already in Police custody, and his bail was also rejected on the 8th of May. On Sunday(7th June) he was just got booked in another FIR.

ClaimReview: Delhi Riot: Khalid Saifi Arrested by SIT today

Claim By: India Today, Times Now, ABP News

Fact Check by Facto News: FALSE

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I was not being sexist, says Sunil Gavaskar after clip of his IPL commentary went viral




New Delhi: On 24th SEP, during the Royal challengers Bangalore(RCB) vs Kings XI Punjab IPL match, Sunil Gavaskar by looking at RCB captain Virat Kohli’s performance, said “Lockdown mein Ye bas Anushka ke bowling ka practice kiye hai, jo dikhai de rahi hai ” (During Lockdown he has  practiced only Anushka’s Bowling, we can see that from his performance).

Here is the viral video:

After the clip of Gavaskar’s comment gone viral, many of twitter users started questioning Gavaskar’s comment. Navika Kumar of Times Now wrote “For Tweeple to troll @AnushkaSharma for @imVkohli performance is disgusting. And the less said about Sunil Gavaskar the better. In fact BCCI should remove him from the commentators’ panel for the MCP attitude. #BoycottGavaskar” Archive

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who’s tweeting about everything nowadays has also supported Anushka Sharma, and wrote “#Anushka remained quiet when I was threatened and called Haramkhor but today the same misogyny coming to bite her, I condemn the fact that she was dragged into cricket by #SunilGavaskar but selective feminism is equally uncool.”

Anushka Sharma also shared her disappointment being dragged into her husband’s poor performance on the ground., She also said Mr  Gavaskar’s name stands tall in the gentleman’s game. But she got disappointed with his commentary of dragging her into the game.

Gavaskar’s Clarification:

While talking to India Today he clarified, that he wasn’t being sexist but he was talking the fact that most of the players have no practice during the lockdown. Because of the lack of practice, lots of players are suffering. He also raised the question that he was just referring to the video which went viral on the internet, where Anushka was seen bowling to Virat on a terrace. He said, what is wrong in my comment, I just talked about what I have seen in the viral video. If someone  misinterpreted my words, that’s not my problem.

Here is the video, which went viral where Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were seen playing cricket within their apartment compound. According to few sources, a twitter user has recorded the video and posted it. The video was allegedly shot on 16th May 2020. So, it is evident that Sunil Gavaskar was referring to this practice session.

We also found the Times of India Video,

Conclusion: According to our findings, Sunil Gavaskar was just referring to the viral video, and wasn’t being sexist. His comment has been taken in the wrong sense. But he could have avoided bringing Anushka into his commentary.



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Times Now and Zee News have falsely claimed that Rhea named Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet in her statement to NCB



Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty for their alleged role in procuring drugs for him. During the on-going investigation, Navika Kumar of  Times Now, on her “The Newshour” show mentioned that the NCB has a list of 25 A-Listers who are allegedly involved in drug consumption. Further, she claimed that top NCB sources have shared details of Rhea’s confession and she has named Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Designer Simone Khambatta in her statement.

Times Now has reported that Rhea Chakraborty confessed that Rakul Preet and Sara Ali Khan have consumed drugs with her and Sushant Singh Rajput in his Lonavala farmhouse. Ever since the show aired, fake news has taken social media by storm. There are various posts that Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet are summoned by the NCB. On September 12, a tweet from a parody account of  Satish Maneshinde, Rhea’s lawyer went viral. The tweet (now deleted) claimed that Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta are summoned soon by the NCB.

Did Rhea name Sara, Rakul Preet Singh to NCB? Drug agency denies the claim

This is not the first time Times Now caught spreading lies. Times Now has also tweeted a screenshot of the tweet made by a fake account pretending to be Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Meetu Singh.

Zee News, Siasat Daily, Odisa TV, and Hindustan Times has covered this fake claim. Zee News heading goes by “Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh memes go viral on internet after Rhea Chakraborty reveals names to NCB”

FactO Check: 

According to Free Press Journal, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has denied preparing any such list of Bollywood celebrities for their alleged drug consumption. NCB deputy director KPS Malhotra has told Free Press Journal that, “We have not prepared any Bollywood list. The list earlier prepared was of peddlers and traffickers. It’s getting confused with Bollywood.” When asked about Rhea’s confessing names f Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta in her statement, the officer said, “The names have not been zeroed upon”.

News 18 reports, ‘NCB has denied that Rhea Chakraborty during interrogation, gave names of 25 A-listers in the film industry who consumed drugs with her and the late actor’.

Conclusion: The NCB has denied making preparing the list of so called 25 A-Listers based on Rhea’s statement. Times Now and Navika Kumar’s report on this issue is found to be false and misleading.

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Fact Check: Sudha Murthy is not selling vegetables.



Bengaluru: A photo of Mrs. Sudha Murthy, chairperson of Infosys, sorting vegetables is viral across social media with different claims. While some of the social media users claim that Sudha Murthy sells vegetables, one day every year to get rid of her ego. Others claim that she does this as a part of seva at Raghavedra Swamy Mutt. (Archive)

Surbhi, an IRS officer as per her twitter profile shared Mrs. Sudha Murthy’s photo with a fake claim which went viral, received over 3000RT.

Sakshi TV, a regional news channel from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana published the images on their YouTube channel claiming that Sudha Murthy is selling vegetables.


FactO Check:

Sudha Murthy has been participating in several seva programs for many years. A simple Google reverse image search has directed us to many websites that talked about her participation in seva programs. One India Kannada has published an article about Mrs. Murthy’s participation in seva programs. There are several images of Mrs. Murthy in the article doing various tasks like serving meals, washing utensils, washing fruits for the Panchamruta in the Mutt.

According to an article published by Bangalore Mirror in 2013, Sudha Murthy spends three days every year in seva programs. As per the article,  She wakes up at 4 am, reaches to the Raghavendra Swamy temple located in Jayanagar, Bengaluru, goes to the kitchen, and spends the next 4 hours cleaning the kitchen, washing utensils, chopping vegetables, and taking care of inventory of stock.

Sudha Murthy believes that “Giving money is easy because it is a simple transaction. But doing physical Seva is not”. She also says that “In the eyes of God we all are equal, but not in the eyes of the society”.

Conclusion: It is true that Sudha Murthy participates in seva programs. But the claim, “Sudha Murthy sells vegetables” made by Sakshi TV and other social media users is found to be false. According to the Mutt officials, Mrs. Murthy was maintaining the storage facility and sorting vegetables, but not selling them.

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