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RSS Ideologue Among Those Sharing Fake News to Smear 2G Scam Judge

A social media post claimed 2G scam judge OP Saini is the father of Congress leader Angad Singh. Here’s the truth.

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Is 2G scam judge OP Saini the father of Congress leader Angad Singh? Here’s the truth.
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“What a coincidence, Dec 21 2017 : Judge OP Saini clears Kanimozhi and A Raja of all charges in 2G Scam, Feb 2 2017 : Judge OP Saini clears Maran brothers of all charges in 2G Scam, Feb 5 2012: Judge OP Saini clears P Chidambaram of all charges in 2G Scam, Coincidence? # 2GScamVerdict. Om Prakash Saini is the father of Angad Singh Saini,the YOUNGEST Indian National Congress MLA of Punjab (Nawanshahr) (sic).” A WhatsApp forward with the aforesaid message is currently making the rounds on social media.

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RSS Ideologue Among Those Sharing Fake News to Smear 2G Scam Judge
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RSS ideologue Ratan Sharda also tweeted one such message before deleting it when being informed that the information that he’d received from a ‘reliable source’ was actually a WhatsApp forward.

He tweeted, "Om Prakash Saini is the father of Angad Singh Saini,the YOUNGEST Indian National Congress MLA of Punjab (Nawanshahr)". Ratan Sharda’s tweet was also retweeted by BJP Spokesperson Sanju Verma.

RSS Ideologue Among Those Sharing Fake News to Smear 2G Scam Judge
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While political links within one’s family are often used to target the entire family, does the claim that Judge OP Saini and Angad Singh Saini share a father-son relationship hold any water? A simple Google search shows this is nothing but yet another disinformation campaign.

Angad Singh’s father, Prakash Singh Saini, who was also a MLA, passed away in Delhi on 17 November 2010. A report in Tribune states that CM Amarinder Singh was among the prominent Congress leaders who had visited the family to pay his respects.

RSS Ideologue Among Those Sharing Fake News to Smear 2G Scam Judge
(Photo courtesy: Alt News)

One of the first to highlight that all the verdicts were issued by the same CBI judge without alluding to the false claim of the judge being a father of a Congress MLA was made by a person called Sriram, who is followed by PM Modi on Twitter. The tweet got retweeted over 1600 times.

Again, some basic Google searching suggests that OP Saini was hand-picked for this case and hence all the judgements being passed by the same judge was no coincidence. A report in India Today, dating 12 November 2011, states:

“Saini was handpicked to exclusively handle the 2G trial after the Supreme Court bench comprising Justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly asked the Government to set up a special court to deal with the case. The Delhi government, on 28 March, designated him to undertake the trial of all 2G cases.

Till then, designated the CBI judge, Saini had heard cases related to the Commonwealth Games, putting behind bars Suresh Kalmadi’s aides Lalit Bhanot, VK Verma, KUK Reddy, Praveen Bakshi and Deorukhar Shekhar. He also denied bail to nalco chairman AK Srivastava, accused in a corruption case. Saini’s biggest case before the 2G scam was the Red Fort shootout where he handed the death sentence to main accused Mohammad Arif and gave life imprisonment to six others. In the 22 December 2000 incident at Red Fort, Arif and his accomplices stormed the monument and attacked an army camp, killing three jawans.”

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These tactics of character assassinating members of judiciary using disinformation when a judgment is not favourable is not new. Recently, Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri who passed a verdict banning sale of crackers in Delhi during Diwali also faced a similar disinformation campaign.

A photo of Congress leader KP Singh Deo applying gulal on Sonia Gandhi’s face on the occasion of Holi was passed off as the judge. From Ravish Kumar to Gurmehar Kaur, multiple people have been victim of character assassination via fake news. The trend continues.

(This story was originally published on Alt News and has been republished with permission.)

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