Delhi Police raids residences of The Wire co-founder Siddharth Varadarajan, MK Venu

Delhi Police raids residences of The Wire co-founder Siddharth Varadarajan, MK Venu

Delhi Police raids residences of The Wire co-founder Siddharth Varadarajan, MK Venu

Delhi Police on Monday to march The houses of “The Wire” founders Siddharth Varadarajan, MK Venu and employee Jahnavi Sen have filed an FIR against the publication for Meta’s malicious reporting against BJP leader Amit Malviya.

Earlier last week, BJP’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya filed a criminal complaint against The Wire and its editorial team for the now retracted Meta reports against him. The complaint was lodged with the Special Commissioner of Police Crime, Delhi Police. Amit Malviya said The Wire falsified the documents in an attempt to defame and damage his reputation.

“The police came around 16:40 and left at 18:00. They said they had come here for an FIR filed by Amit Malviya on behalf of the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police. They took my iPhone and iPad for cloning,” MK Venu was quoted as saying by Scroll. He confirmed that raids are also being conducted near Varadarajan.

The searches are linked to a number of now-retracted ones reports which claimed that Meta had given Malviya unprecedented powers to remove Instagram posts he didn’t like.

However, the allegations did not hold up and were countered by several independent researchers who called out The Wire for relying on fabricated evidence to abuse Amit Malviya and Metha. Although initially The Wire and its writers strongly defended their position, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, they were forced to apologize and pull back their meta stories. They also eventually took their stories off Tek Fog, an app that The Wire claimed had superpowers to manipulate social media trends.

Amit Malviya’s FIR against The Wire

However, after The Wire withdrew its Meta storyline, Amit Malviya moved to a complaint against publication. In his complaint to the Special Commissioner (Crime) of Delhi Police, Amit Malviya said: “I am filing the present complaint against The Wire, an online news portal Mr. Siddharth Varadarajan Founding Editor of The Wire Mr. Siddharth Bhatia Founding Editor. The Wire, Mr. MK Venu Founding Editor of The Wire, Ms. Jahnavi Sen, Deputy Editor and Executive News Producer of The Wire, an independent journalism foundation that owns and publishes The Wire and other unknown persons. I am filing this complaint for the offenses of cheating, forgery to defraud, forgery to cause injury to reputation, using a false document or electronic record as genuine and defamation, among other provisions of the IPC.”

Amit Malviya added: “I say that this is not the first time that the accused has published fake news. The Accused recently published a story on Tek Fog about a ‘superhuman app’ being used by the BJP to intercept SM. The said story has been used by various national and international media to denigrate India and our country’s thriving democracy. However, the Tek Fog story was later removed, but The Wire, as it was found to be false and fabricated, just like in this case.”

Citing various pieces of evidence that have come to light in the case that prove The Wire had several emails fabricated letters and other documents to support his allegations against Malviya, he said in the complaint. Meta’s internal email the letters to prove their point vindictively to damage the reputation of the BJP and me.”

He noted that after Meta’s story was revealed to be false, the Wire apologized to its readers, but has yet to apologize to him. “It is shocking, but until this day the accused have refrained from apologizing to me. This is even when their reports and fabricated materials slandered and tarnished my reputation,” he wrote.

“It is clear that the accused, along with other unknown persons, entered into a conspiracy with criminal intent to malign and malign my reputation and to malign and malign the reputation of the BJP accordingly. As part of the conspiracy, the Accused also forged and falsified internal letters of the private limited company with dishonest and fraudulent intent to defraud their readers and the general public,” Malviya wrote in the complaint.

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