Police in Noida have arrested a man for creating a fake Facebook profile of Acharya Balkrishna of the Patanjali Group and engaged in “vulgar conversations” with the people on the social media platform.
A report by PTI said that Mohammad Zishan, in his 30s, of Chilkana in Saharanpur, was arrested at a car showroom in Sector 10 where he had come for some work.
A complaint in this regard was made on August 4 at the Sector 20 police station in Noida by Pramod Joshi, the chief executive officer of the Vedic Broadcasting Limited.
Acharya Balkrishna, the managing director of the Patanjali Ayurved, is also the director and promotor of the Vedic Broadcasting Limited.
“The unidentified accused has created a fake Facebook profile of Balkrishna and was chatting with his followers in an indecent and vulgar manner which was damaging his reputation,” PTI quoted Joshi’s written complaint filed to police.
Manish Kumar Saxena, Station House Officer of Sector 20, said, “The cyber cell of the police had been tracking Zishan since the case was registered. He was arrested this morning.”
He has been charged under the Indian Penal Code sections 419, 420 and 500 — cheating, fraud and defamation, the SHO said. The accused has also been charged under Section 66 D of the Information Technology Act for cheating by personation by using computer resource, Saxena said.
The police said they have seized the smartphone and two sim cards from Zishan which he used for the activity. He has been remanded in judicial custody, they said.
The news also coincided with other revelation that Patanjali had heavily invested in shell companies prompting many to demand an investigation in the ‘shady deals’ of the company, founded by Ramdev.