New Delhi, Jan 11, 2020: Former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai has shared an old photo of Indira Gandhi which claims to show the then-Prime Minister of India forcing then-JNUSU president and now CPI leader Sitaram Yechury to read out an apology letter to her during the Emergency in 1975. According to the caption, Gandhi had brought police with her to JNU and proceeded to beat up Yechury for protesting against the Emergency, before forcing an apology out of him as to Yahoo.
“This is called Iron Hand dealing with communists. Amit Shah looks saint in front of her,” the caption further goes on to say.
Pai’s tweeted the photo and tagged Yechury, asking if it was true. The tweet, posted on 10 January, received 4.2K retweets and 8.7K likes. An archived version of his tweet can be viewed here.
Pai, however, is not the first person to have shared this photo, which has been doing the rounds on social media for a while.
Many others have also shared the photo with the same caption in the wake of the recent violent clashes at JNU.
@KarunaGopal1 @ShainaNC @smritiirani @TVMohandasPai @narendramodi @fayedsouza @ShivAroor @amitmalviya @RahulGandhi @SachinPilot Now i wud like d Cong. stooges to stand up n admit to wat dey did at JNU. Amit shah made a mistake to stick w/democratic response to dese Cong.hoodlums pic.twitter.com/A6lT6aheU4— Fighting For Life (@FightingForLif6) January 10, 2020
TRUE OR FALSE?
The Quint was able to confirm that the claim is fake and that no such incident had taken place.
The photo, while not doctored in any way, is being shared with a fake claim.
WHAT WE FOUND
On conducting a reverse image search on the photo, The Quint came across the same photo in an article titled “When JNU Students Forced Indira Gandhi To Resign” on a website called India Resists.
The caption along with the photo said that it was from September 1977 and identified both Indira Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury as the people in the photo. It further credited the photo to Hindustan Times.