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Journalist Pushp Sharma who filed ‘fake’ RTI query arrested after AYUSH Ministry files complaint

The AYUSH Ministry on Tuesday filed a formal complaint with the Delhi Police asking them to probe the alleged ‘fake’ RTI query, in which journalist Pushp Sharma alleged that the Centre’s discrimination against Muslims in the Yoga teachers’ selection process for International Yoga Day is fabricated, adding that he has proof that all the RTI replies in his possession are authentic.

The Delhi Police have picked Sharma from his residence on Tuesday evening for questioning and they are going through the complaint.

Read Initial Story : AYUSH Ministry rejects purported RTI reply that claimed it doesn’t recruit Muslim Yoga teachers

Apparently, Pushp Sharma has been arrested in connection with his story published by ‘The Milli Gazette’ and other media outlets, portals and channels about an RTI reply received from the AYUSH Ministry saying that as per the government policy, it did not recruit any Muslim as Yoga trainer.

Earlier, the AYUSH Ministry rejected a purported ‘fabricated and mischievous’ Right To Information (RTI) reply which had claimed that the Centre does not recruit Muslims in the ministry as a policy.

The Ministry of AYUSH has noted with anguish certain mischievous misinformation being spread in certain section of media and social media quoting a reply to an RTI by mentioning a fabricated draft as Annexure I to that letter, which has never been issued by the Ministry of AYUSH or any of its agencies.

“The Ministry strongly condemns this piece of misreporting, clearly aimed at causing chasm between different sections of society and promoting disharmony and mistrust with ulterior motives,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry in a statement said, certain mischievous misinformation is being spread in certain section of media and social media quoting a reply to an RTI by mentioning a fabricated draft as Annexure I to that letter, which has never been issued by the Ministry of AYUSH or any of its agencies.

The Ministry said it is initiating proper action in this matter.

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