FAKE ALERT: Rahul Gandhi did not call Sushant Singh Rajput a ‘cricketer’


CLAIM
Screengrab of tweet purportedly from verified handle of Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi is doing rounds on WhatsApp. In the tweet, Gandhi pays his condolences to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who recently departed for heavenly abode.
However, the tweet has Gandhi mentioning Rajput as ‘young & talented Cricketer’ instead of ‘actor’.

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TRUTH
The screengrab is fake. The tweet in the screengrab is a digitally distorted version of Gandhi’s original tweet where he correctly mentions Rajput as an ‘actor’.
We went through Gandhi’s official Twitter handle an found that on June 14, 2020, he tweeted, “I am sorry to hear about the passing of #SushantSinghRajput. A young & talented actor, gone too soon. My condolences to his family, friends & fans across the world.”

Fake news peddlers replaced ‘actor’ with ‘cricketer’ using digital manipulation and circulated it on social media.
VERDICT
Times Fact Check has found that the tweet where Rahul Gandhi describes Sushant Singh Rajput as ‘cricketer’ to be fake.





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