Hardik Pandya has issued a statement on the controversy that erupted over a tweet on BR Ambedkar which was posted from a parody account. His statement comes after a local court in Rajasthan directed the registration of an FIR against India all-rounder Hardik Pandya over a tweet on Bhimrao Ambedkar. However, the alleged tweet was posted from a fake account @sirhardik3777, while Pandya’s verified account is @hardikpandya7. Reacting to the incident Pandya has issued a statement clarifying that the tweet was indeed made from ‘a spurious account.’
“There have been multiple misleading reports and articles being circulated in the media today, wherein it is being alleged that I had posted a tweet which was derogatory and insulting to the late Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that no such tweet and/or statement, whether on twitter or any other form of media, has been issued by me. The tweet in question was posted by a fake account using my name and display image. I use only my verified twitter handle to make official communications via twitter and the said tweet was posted by a spurious account, pretending to be me,” Pandya wrote.
My statement. pic.twitter.com/P67YZLJqsl
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) 22 March 2018
“I have the utmost respect for Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Indian Constitution and the many communities that call India their home and I would not indulge in making any kind of statement which is derogatory and/or which insults the sentiments of any community. I use social media to interact with my fans and I believe that in this age of social media one must be vigilant of misinformation and act responsibly,” he added.
“I will also be making the necessary submissions in the Hon’ble Court in order to establish that the said tweet cannot be attributed to me in any manner whatsoever and to further highlight the issue that the said tweet was posted by an imposter posing as me in order to tarnish my reputation, which is a menace faced by many well-known personalities across India today,” he concluded by saying.