Cases have been registered in Kolkata and New Delhi.

Cases filed against Mamata and Derek over morphed image of Rajnath
news Morphed Picture Monday, April 25, 2016 - 08:29

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC spokesman Derek O'Brien, who are in a spot over use of a morphed picture of Home Minister Rajnath Singh by the party, on Sunday saw cases registered against them in Kolkata and New Delhi.

The BJP lodged a police complaint against Trinamool Congress supremo Banerjee, Subrata Bakshi and Derek O'Brien alleging that they were responsible for the use of a morphed picture of Singh and demanded their immediate arrest.

BJP state spokesperson Joy Prakash Majumdar along with other leaders and party workers met Joint Commissioner (Crime) of Kolkata Police, Debasish Boral and lodged a complaint against the three TMC leaders.

"Today we have lodged a complaint with the Kolkata Police in connection with the morphed picture showing Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh offering sweets to CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat.

"In our complaint we have held three TMC party chairperson Mamata Banerjee, all India general secretary Subrata Bakshi and national spokesperson Derek O'Brien, who held yesterday's press conference, responsible for the entire episode and demanded their immediate arrest," Majumdar told PTI.

In Delhi, Karat filed a complaint against O'Brien with Mandir Marg police station.

"He (O'Brien) has used morphed picture in his press conference and it has also been put on website of Trinamool Congress and this is being widely shown on the (news) channels also.

"So, it is politically defamatory and got the party (CPI-M) and myself into disrepute among people. So, action should be taken," Karat said in his complaint.

The TMC, following a press conference by Derek O'Brien in Kolkata, had on Saturday posted two videos and six pictures on its website. The morphed photograph showed Singh offering sweets to Karat. The original picture had the Union Home Minister offering sweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party, however, removed the morphed picture from its website after the controversy erupted.

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