Delhi Police probes Ayush ministry’s RTI, journalist being interrogated

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Ayush ministry has filed a formal complaint with Delhi Police asking them to probe the alleged ”fake” RTI query.

ANI reported that the journalist Pushp Sharma, who filed RTI query has been picked up for questioning. Police say that Sharma is being questioned.

However, at around 11.30, Sharma was released and ‘has been asked to report tomorrow again.’

According to the RTI reply, as claimed by Milli Gazette, Modi government’s AYUSH Ministry had said that the central government policy did not permit them recruiting Muslims.

Milli Gazette carried the following post on its Facebook post, ” A police force claiming to be from Kotla Mubarakpur police station in New Delhi picked up journalist Pushp Sharma from his home in Lajpat Nagar at around 6:30 pm today. He was told that officers want to talk to you. He said I can talk to them on the phone, but the police force insisted that you have to go there personally.

“Pushp told MG office that he was taken to the South-Extension Part 1, police station and later to Kotla Mubarakpur police station where his last contact with us was at 7:22 pm after which he is not picking up his mobile phone. When MG contacted Kotla Mubarakpur police station they denied Pushp Sharma was brought there.”

Pushp Sharma had claimed to have filed the RTI. In his request, he said he had asked about Muslim teachers and trainers recruited by the AYUSH ( Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) Ministry for foreign assignments during the World Yoga Day last year.

In its reply, the ministry, according to Sharma, said that a total of 711 Muslim yoga trainers had applied for the short-term assignment abroad but none was even called for an interview while 26 trainers were sent abroad on this assignment.

However, the ministry was quick to issue a denial describing the RTI reply as fabricated.

 

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