An image of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah with two other individuals, a man, and a woman, is going viral with the claim that the other man seen in the picture is Pakistani General Qamar Bajwa’s son, Saad Bajwa.
Facebook user Manoj Singh uploaded this image with the caption, “पाकिस्तानी जनरल क़मर बाज़वा के साहिबज़ादे सअद बाज़वा और तड़ी-पार मोटा भाई शाह के “तेजबुद्धि” साहिबज़ादे जय बाबा और साथ मे “बुलबुल”..साथ खड़ी महज़बीं के नाम का इल्म नही है तो बुलबुल लिख दिया पूरी इज़्ज़त एहतराम के साथ”.
[English translation of the text: “Pakistani General Qamar Bajwa’s son Saad Bajwa and Mota Bhai Shah’s son Jai Baba along with ‘Bulbul’.”]
The image has been shared widely on Facebook with the same claim.
पाकिस्तानी जनरल क़मर बाज़वा के साहिबज़ादे सआद बाज़वा और अमित शाह के “तेजबुद्धि” साहिबज़ादे जय बाबा
तस्वीर को अवाम के सामने मुज़ाहिरा कर दिया गया..बताया गया है कि जय बाबा और सआद बाज़वा यानि पाकिस्तान की दोस्ती कितनी “मीठी” है.
बुलबुल ने “अपना काम” कर दिया..जय श्री पाकिस्तान.. pic.twitter.com/XLfkPxZKRP
— Jaya Singh हम है कांग्रेसी (@JayaSinghINC) September 1, 2022
The posts became viral close on the heels of a controversy relating to Shah seemingly refusing to hold the Indian Tricolour in a viral video, at the Asian Cup India vs. Pakistan match in Dubai on August 28. According to an article in The Hindu, TMC spokesperson Saket Gokhale said the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had argued that Shah did not hold the Tricolour because he was present at the match as the Asian Cricket Council president, and was following protocol.
Shah was elected as the president of the ACC on January 30, 2021, and shall remain in office till 2024.
Upon reverse image searching, Alt News found several articles suggesting that the individuals standing alongside Jay Shah are actress Urvashi Rautela and Yashraj Rautela. Upon probing further, we found that Yashraj Rautela is Urvashi Rautela’s brother. Urvashi Rautela tweeted a picture with him in August 2020, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. (Archived link)
Happy RakshaBandhan @yashrajrautela
ॐ येन बद्धो बली राजा दानवेन्द्रो महाबल:। तेन त्वामपि बध्नामि रक्षे मा चल मा चल।।*
भाई बहनों के इस पवित्र त्योहार रक्षाबंधन की आपको ढेर सारी हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं स्वस्थ रहें, प्रसन्न रहे।💐💐💐
*༺꧁ Happy Raksha Bandhan ꧂༻ #HappyRakshaBandhan pic.twitter.com/ZAkQjsCRMN
— URVASHI RAUTELA🇮🇳 (@UrvashiRautela) August 3, 2020
Taking a cue from this, we looked at Urvashi Rautela’s tagged photos on Instagram and found that several of her fan pages have uploaded the same image.
Moreover, a Hindustan Times article reporting on her presence at the Asia Cup match dated August 29 contains a picture of Rautela where she can be seen wearing the same attire as the viral image.
An India Today article reported how Jay Shah led the cheering team as India beat Pakistan in the thrilling Asia Cup match. The picture along with the report shows Jay Shah wearing the same dark blue shirt as seen in the viral image.
The India Today article also mentions Urvashi Rautela’s presence at the match.
Taking a cue from the several articles (cited at the beginning of the fact-check) that suggest that the man seen alongside Jay Shah is Urvashi Rautela’s brother Yashraj Rautela, we looked up Yashraj Rautela’s verified Instagram page where he had posted an image from the Dubai International Stadium. In the image, he can be seen holding the national flag. The picture was uploaded on the day of the India vs. Pakistan match. The attire seen in both pictures is the same.
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Alt News found an article dated August 17 on the website of Pakistani newspaper The News International on the birth of twins to General Qamar Bajwa’s son, Saad Bajwa, which had the latter’s photograph. Below we have compared the image used by them and the viral image. As is evident, the photographs are of different persons.
Hence it is quite evident that the man seen in the image with the BCCI secretary is not Pakistani General Qamar Bajwa’s son, Saad Bajwa. In reality, the persons in the photo alongside Jay Shah are actress Urvashi Rautela and her brother, Yashraj Rautela.
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