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‘Morphed’ photo of Rajnath, Karat: BJP threatens to move court against O’Brien

Rajnath was offering a laddoo to Karat in the photo. O’Brien had later apologies

TMC leader Derek O'brien TMC leader Derek O’brien

The BJP’s West Bengal unit on Wednesday warned of legal action against Trinamool Congress national spokesperson Derek O’Brien for showing a “morphed” photograph of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, as the opposition party alleged that police were not taking action.

“We won’t go to Lalbazar (Kolkata Police headquarters) again. We are taking the matter to court. The case will be filed by the end of this week or beginning of next week,” senior BJP leader Jayprakash Majumder told reporters here.

In a letter received at the state party office on Tuesday, the officer-in-charge of the cyber crime cell of Kolkata Police stated that a legal opinion is being obtained in the complaint lodged by the BJP on April 24.


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“The reply doesn’t mean much and had been sent only to buy some time. It is only because the TMC spokesperson is involved (in the complaint) that so many processes are being undertaken,” Majumder said.

Further, the BJP leader asked, “Was any legal opinion sought when a complaint against Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra was lodged after he forwarded a cartoon on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and then railway minister Mukul Roy?”

The TMC spokesperson had convened a flash press conference on April 23 and on his computer, shown several pictures and videos to substantiate the tacit understanding between the Left and the BJP. One of the pictures showed Rajnath offering a laddoo to Karat. But the photograph turned out to be “photoshopped”. BJP released the “real picture” in which Rajnath is seen offering the sweet to the PM. O’Brien had later apologised for the mistake and said it was the fault of the research team.

“We want to know why the computer and other equipment which were used for morphing the photo and circulating it were not seized,” Majumdar added.


First published on: 12-05-2016 at 01:34 IST
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