Old video of raid on T&T law firm shared as raid on BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s house

A video of a large stash of old and new Indian currency notes piled up at an unknown place was tweeted by @Noor_ChaudhariAccording to the message posted along with the video, it pertains to an Income Tax raid at BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s bungalow in Delhi. The message also urges social media users to share the video to unmask the corrupt side of the Bharatiya Janta Party. Also, Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s has been misspelled as, “Rajiv Chandrasheher“. 

Jeetendra Chouhan, a Facebook user also posted the video, accompanied by the same caption, along with a few other individuals on Twitter.

Fact-check

Alt News found that while the video itself is old and unrelated, and the claim attached to the video is false and malicious. The video depicts an IT raid on Delhi based T&T law firm, owned by Rohit Tandon, in 2016, where a total sum of Rs 13.48 crore was seized by the IT authorities. The money was stashed in old and new currency notes. “A joint team of the I-T department and Delhi police’s crime branch found cabinets and secret chests at Rohit Tandon’s office in the upscale GK-1 area filled with notes on Sunday. Several cartons containing cash were also found.”, stated a report published by Times of India on December 12, 2016.

It may be noted that Advocate Rohit Tandon, who was later arrested in connection with a money laundering case after demonetization, was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on May 10, 2018.

A two-year-old video related to an Income Tax raid on a lawyer’s office was falsely shared as that on BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s bungalow. In August 2017, the same video was circulated on social media with the false claim that an IT raid was carried out on Karnataka Congress Minister DK Shivakumar’s home.

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