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Photo Doesn't Show Prannoy Roy, N Ram With SC Judges Surya Kant and Pardiwala

The photo shows N Ram and P Thiaga Rajan sitting opposite Prannoy Roy and not the SC Judges.

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(Editor's Note: The story was first published on 6 July 2022 and is being republished from The Quint's archives in the light of a Bengaluru court directing social media platforms to take down the photograph being circulated with the false claim.)

A photograph of NDTV's Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy along with The Hindu's N Ram is being shared on social media to claim that the journalists had a lunch with the Supreme Court Judges Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala.

The two judges were a part of the bench that came down heavily on ex-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her remarks against Prophet Muhammad.

However, the image shows the owner of TNQ Books and Journals, Mariam Ram, NDTV co-founder Prannoy Roy, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat, journalist Radhika Roy, founder of MindEspaces Club, Dipali Sikand, CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat, Tamil Nadu Finance Minister P Thiaga Rajan, and the director of the The Hindu Publishing Group, N Ram. (From left to right)

The image was uploaded on 3 July 2022 by MindEscapes, a community club at the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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CLAIM

The caption of the viral post stated that the photo showed SC judges Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala with the Roys.

The photo shows N Ram and P Thiaga Rajan sitting opposite Prannoy Roy and not the SC Judges.

An archived version of the post can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Similar posts can be seen here and here.

The Quint also received queries about the viral photo on its WhatsApp tipline.

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WHAT WE FOUND OUT

On conducting a reverse image search on the photo on Google, we came across a tweet by a community club from Tamil Nadu, @MindEscapesClub, from 3 July 2022.

The tweet carried the same photo and said that the club had arranged 'a Chef's Table session' with Tamil Nadu's Finance Minister P Thiaga Rajan, Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy, Brinda Karat, Prakash Karat, Mariam Ram, N Ram and Dipali Sikand.

The photo shows N Ram and P Thiaga Rajan sitting opposite Prannoy Roy and not the SC Judges.

MindEspaces tweeted the photo.

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

Next, we looked for social media accounts of Dipali Sikand, the founder of MindEspaces Club, and found her LinkedIn profile.

She had posted the same picture on 2 July 2022 with a caption stating that the group met for lunch at the MindEscapes club.

The photo shows N Ram and P Thiaga Rajan sitting opposite Prannoy Roy and not the SC Judges.

Dipali Sikand posted the picture on her LinkedIn account.

(Source: LinkedIn/Screenshot)

We also compared the two judges with the people seen in the viral photo and found no similarities between them.

(Note: Swipe to see the images)

1. The first photo shows a comparison between the two SC judges, and N Ram and P Thiaga Rajan from the viral photo (right to left).

2. The second photo shows a comparison between Prakash Karat and the SC judges.

  • Comparison of SC judges with N Ram and P Thiaga Rajan seen in the viral photo.

    (Source: Altered by The Quint)

We also found a clarification issued by N Ram, the director of the The Hindu Publishing Group, stating that he was present in the photo along with P Thiaga Rajan, the finance minister of Tamil Nadu.

The photo shows N Ram and P Thiaga Rajan sitting opposite Prannoy Roy and not the SC Judges.

N Ram dismissed the claims. 

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

To sum it up, the people seen in the viral photo are not the Supreme Court judges have a luncheon with the Roys, N Ram and the Karats.
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