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Delhi Lt Governor's office asks police to act against fake Twitter handles in name of Anil Baijal

In Fact, Two Such Accounts @AnilBaijal_LG And @AnilBaijal_ Have Garnered A Substantial Following Since December 28, The Day The Former Home Secretary Was Appointed To The Post.

PTI | Updated on: 02 Jan 2017, 08:54:42 PM
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal

New Delhi:

The Delhi Lt Governor's office has asked the police to act against fake Twitter handles in the name of Anil Baijal putting out misleading posts critical of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the elected government.

In fact, two such accounts @AnilBaijal_LG and @AnilBaijal_ have garnered a substantial following since December 28, the day the former Home Secretary was appointed to the post.

It was only on Monday that the LG office made its official Twitter debut with the handle being @LtGovDelhi. Over 2,000 people are following it as of now.

"LG office has asked the Delhi Police to look into the matter and initiate strict action against those who are running fake accounts of the Lt Governor," sources said, adding the matter will also be taken up with the authorities of microblogging site, if needed.

Going by the posts, including on the Najeeb Jung-appointed Shunglu Committee to look into the decisions of the AAP government, the virtual imposters seem well aware of the tussle between the city government and Baijal's predecessor.

"Jung has left behind 400 files of the Delhi government. Now I am in a dilemma as to whether to approve or return them," reads one tweet by fake handle @AnilBaijal_. Another fake handle, @AnilBaijal_LG, taunted Kejriwal saying, "Sir, using such language does not behove you irrespective of differences of opinion", referring to the CM's criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jung did not have any social media presence.

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First Published : 02 Jan 2017, 08:49:00 PM

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