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Police to file FIR against Pandya over ‘derogatory’ tweet on Dr. Ambedkar

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A local court in Rajasthan has directed registration of an FIR against cricketer Hardik Pandya over a tweet on Bhimrao Ambedkar. The tweet was, however, purportedly posted from a fake account in the name of the all-rounder. The tweet was posted from account @sirhardik3777, while Pandya’s verified account is @hardikpandya7. Currently, the account with @sirhardik3777 username could not be found. It could not be confirmed whether the account existed at all.
Hardik Pandya is in news again, but it is not because of his new hairstyle or rumored link-up with a popular television this time, but a tweet on Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar.
The India all-rounder has landed in trouble after a special court in Jodhpur, a city in the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan, order police to file an FIR against him over an ‘derogatory’ tweet on Ambedkar, celebrated Indian political leader and the architect of Indian constitution.
In his complaint to a local court, advocate D R Meghwal, a resident of Jodhpur, said he belonged to the scheduled caste community and was hurt by Pandya’s tweet. He claimed that on December 26 last year, Pandya had tweeted , “Kaun ambedkar???? Wahi jisne dogla kanoon aur sanvidhan banaya ya wo jisne #aarakshan naam ki bimari desh mein failai #HegdeInsultsAmbedkar #TuedayThoughts” (Who Ambedkar? The one who made a partisan law and constitution or the one who spread a disease called reservation).
“Which Ambedkar ??? The one who drafted across law and constitution or the one who spread the disease called reservation in the country,” Pandya tweeted in December 2017, according to a Rajasthan-based lawyer, DR Meghwal, who filed a petition against the cricketer Tuesday, March 22.
The petitioner even demanded appropriate punishment for Pandya, who “tried to spread hatred and create division in the society.” He alleged that the 24-year-old had attempted to disregard the constitution and the architect of the constitution, according to a daily newspaper.
Meghwal, who claims to be a member of Rashtriya Bhim Sena, had also pointed out how such a comment from a “popular cricketer” like Pandya affected the sentiments of his community.
A “screenshot” of the tweet was posted on January 23 in a WhatsApp group – Rashtriya Bhim Army Jalore – where Meghwal is a member. He said the tweet hurt his sentiments and was posted with an intent to promote hatred and amounted to inciting violence. Meghwal said he had approached Luni police station in Jodhpur for registration of an FIR but was turned down by the station house officer. Subsequently, he also approached the Jodhpur police commissioner, seeking lodging of an FIR, but still, no action was taken, forcing him to approach the court. A court in Jodhpur on Wednesday then directed registration of FIR against Pandya.
As it turns out, the tweet in question was not posted from Pandya’s official handle on Twitter — @hardikpandya7. A TV report states that it is the work of a parody account — @srihardik3777 that triggered reactions and eventually landed the Baroda-based cricketer in trouble.
The profile of the said parody account is not available anymore on Twitter. International Business Times, India had earlier reported that the tweet was not showing on Pandya’s official Twitter profile.
A police officer from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, said they are yet to receive the court order.
Parody accounts of Indian cricketers and even a few administrators have been quite popular over the years on social media platforms. Most of them have usernames and photos similar to the original account. It becomes difficult to differentiate unverified original accounts from their parody accounts.
Most of the parody accounts, though, keep the conversations clean and sometimes witty as well. However, the recent controversy surrounding Pandya might make celebrities apprehensive about such unofficial accounts.

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