Man held for spreading fake news on Parrikar’s health condition

Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi, April 19: Goa Police Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested a man for spreading the fake news on social media on the health condition of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is presently undergoing treatment in the United States.

He was arrested under Sec 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for spreading rumour and creating panic.

The man, identified as Kenneth Silveira, had put a post on Facebook, “Just got news that Parrikar is no more”; reported news agency ANI.

Last month, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had to make an impromptu visit to the United States for medical attention as he had reportedly contracted pancreatic cancer.

Parrikar, who complained of stomach pain on February 14 this year, was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai the next day. He was discharged on February 22 and presented Budget in the Goa Assembly on the same day upon return.
Later, he was again admitted to Lilavati Hospital on March 5, from where he was taken to the US. A Cabinet advisory committee, consisting of senior ministers, has been authorised to take decisions in his absence.

On March 21, Parrikar’s personal secretary (PS) Rupesh Kamat had said that the Chief Minister is responding well.


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