The International Cricket Council found itself in a spot Wednesday after the person handling its Twitter account inadvertently shared an old video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and self-styled guru Asaram Bapu at a rally. A Jodhpur court today convicted Asaram Bapu of raping a 16-year-old girl. The tweet was deleted immediately, but followers of @ICC were quick to take screenshots.
“Narayan, Narayan…”, said the person tweeting from @ICC, quote tweeting the video put out by Alt news co-founder Pratik Sinha, a known critic of Narendra Modi. The tweet had in its text: “Sharing some old sweet memories between @narendramodi and Asaram.” Narendra Modi has been chief minister of Gujarat, where Asaram Bapu has an ashram.
Since the tweet is unavailable, here is screen-shot! :) pic.twitter.com/l4m4ZzSl7E
— Goonerunny (@tushizap) 25 April 2018
Here is the video being shared:
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) 25 April 2018
The verdict, holding Asaram Bapu guilty, was delivered by a special SC/ST court that convened inside the Jodhpur Central Jail.
In August 2013, the parents of a 16-year-old girl had filed zero FIR against Asaram in Delhi, accusing him of raping her at his Jodhpur ashram. In September, 2013, Asaram was taken into police custody where he was made to undergo a potency test, which he cleared.
While in jail, he sought special facilities such as Gangajal for his bath, special herbs and medicines, a bed and fruits and sweets, but the court rejected his plea. On November 6, 2013, the Jodhpur police filed a chargesheet against Asaram and four others. The Jodhpur court rejected Asaram’s bail plea several times. At least 42 witnesses have been cross-examined.
ICC says sorry for tweet on Modi, Asaram
The ICC apologised and promised an investigation into a social media post. In a statement, it said: “We would like to extend our sincere apologies to anyone who was offended during the short space of time it was up. We have launched an investigation into how this happened.”
ICC is dismayed at a non-cricket related tweet appearing on its Twitter feed earlier today. We would like to extend our sincere apologies to anyone who was offended during the short space of time it was up. We have launched an investigation into how this happened.
— ICC (@ICC) April 25, 2018
During the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee meeting in Kolkata on Wednesday, the BCCI acting secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, who is also an ICC director, strongly condemned the tweet, demanding an apology from the ICC.
– With inputs from Express News Service