Hyderabad: A complaint has been filed against a Hyderabad man for allegedly defaming the zonal commissioner (ZC) of Kukatpally, V. Mamatha, by making false claims on Twitter.

Hyderabad-based activist Harish Kumar Daga had tweeted, “@arvindkumar_ias ji It’s disappointing to see @ZC_Kukatpally (V. Mamata) been appointed as ZC, who in March 2014 had been suspended for allowing illegal structures.. Promotion because of caste or political links is not good for City In other Zone we have IAS officials doing job. (sic)”

General secretary of Telangana Gazetted Officers Association A. Satyanarayana filed a complaint at Abid Road police station against Mr Daga, stating their president, Ms Mamatha, is being harassed over his "false statement". Mr Satyanarayan said, “The claim that Ms Mamatha was suspended is false. His tweet is damaging the name of the association and Ms Mamatha’s reputation.”

Meanwhile, Mr Daga told NewsMeter, “If you read my tweets I directly addressed KTR and Arvindkumar and respectfully referred to them as KTR garu and Arvindkumar ji. I never disrespect them. Moreover, this is what my perception is and that is why I have tweeted. But maybe I am wrong. But if I am wrong, she could have just blocked me or replied to my tweet saying that I was wrong.” He claimed that Ms Mamatha called him and tried to convince him to delete his tweet. He was shocked when he found out hat an FIR has been filed against him over the tweet.

Ms Mamatha, while speaking to NewsMeter, said, “He (Harish) claimes that I was suspended for illegal activity in March 2014. In fact, I have never been suspended during the span of my career. Tell him (Harish) to show some proof that I was suspended. Without proof, he cannot post such tweets.”

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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