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  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
  • Trump says he has a good equation with Pak PM Imran Khan and assures India that Pakistan is working to reduce cross border terrorism
  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
  • Trump says it is up to India to decide on the CAA
  • US President Donald Trump says PM Modi wants religious freedom for all
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Congress Purveys Fake News, Makes Wild Allegations

By Linus Garg
First publised on 2019-04-10 11:36:18

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It shows the desperation of the Congress party that it has now come out with a video it claims was shot in July last year. In the video, a man claiming to be a RAW officer claims that a team of government officers, drawn from various departments, were commanded by BJP president Amit Shah. This team got old notes exchanged after the deadline set by the RBI and the owners were given new notes after deducting 35 to 40 percent commission for “services rendered”, claims the Congress. It was also claimed that old currency worth thousands of crores was printed abroad and brought to India in special planes, to be exchanged for new currency.

So preposterous is the claim and the unverified video that the Congress can be accused of spreading fake news. The entire media, even those channels and newspapers that are blatantly anti-Modi, has either completely ignored the claims made by Kapil Sibal or have relegated it to the news section with a small mention. If they had sniffed even an iota of truth in these allegations, the nation would have been bombarded with a never-ending spectacle of 24-hour coverage of planes landing at Hindon, huge boxes being carried out of them and people claiming to be RAW or other government officers narrating how they were made to collect the cash and bring it there.

But if there is nothing in the claim to attract the attention of the national media, it means that there is nothing in the claim at all. The Congress has tried to raise the point that the government is raiding politically exposed people affiliated to the Congress party on receiving what it calls “specific information” but is ignoring the specific information provided by the Congress party. Sibal, being a lawyer, must know the difference. The specific information being received by the government is from multiple sources who are not interested parties. The information provided by the Congress is just from one very interested source. It takes less than Rs 5000 to make such a video. Government agencies have a lot of more pressing things to do than look into such stupid allegations.