A purported tweet in the name of Aaj Tak is widely circulating on social media platforms, including WhatsApp. Alt News has received multiple requests for verification of the tweet that says, “CBI was unable to uncover any evidence of corruption against the Gandhi family, BJP apologised to the Gandhi family in court.”

[Hindi text: गांधी परिवार के खिलाफ सीबीआई नहीं ढूंढ पाई एक भी भ्रष्टाचार का सबूत, कोर्ट में गांधी परिवार से भाजपा ने मांगी माफ़ी।]

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The screenshot below shows the extent to which the tweet is widespread on Facebook.

A few Twitter users have also posted the tweet.

Fake tweet

Alt News was unable to find any such tweet on Aaj Tak’s Twitter timeline. While tweets can be deleted later, this one is clearly manufactured since all the screenshots shared by hundreds of people is the same. It has an identical number of likes and retweets. There is no second copy of the tweet or a link. Not one person has quote-tweeted Aaj Tak.

It is also noteworthy that the news – ‘BJP apologised to the Gandhi family in court’ – would make headlines if it were true. In this case, it is unreported.

Aaj Tak has clarified on Facebook that the outlet has not made the tweet.

#FactCheck | यह फ़र्ज़ी ट्वीट की तस्वीर आजतक के ट्वीट के नाम पर सर्कुलेट की जा रही है।
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Posted by Aaj Tak on Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Fake tweets are often manufactured in the name of media outlets to inject credibility into disinformation. Alt News has published many similar fact-checks in the past.

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.