Several mainstream news outlets including Times Now, Republic TV, The Print and ABP News ran a fake letter purported to be from the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, claiming that the organisation of Islamic scholars urged Sonia Gandhi against supporting the Shiv Sena in forming the government in Maharashtra.
The letter is viral in the backdrop of government formation talks between Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in the state.
The fake letter has been falsely attributed to the Muslim body's president Arshad Madani.
"I want to draw your kind attention regarding Maharashtra's bad politics, and it's really unfortunate that you are considering to Support Shiv Shena. (sic), the text of the fake letter reads.
"It will be a very dangerous and harmful step for Congress party," the fictional letter further states.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind tweeted on November 18, 2019, in the evening that the letter circulating in the organisation's name was false.
Additionally, BOOM got in touch with Maulana Amanullah sb. Vice President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind who confirmed that the no such letter was issued by the organisation.
"The letter circulating is fake and we have not issued it, we came to know from the media that such a letter was circulating in our name," Amanullah told BOOM.
The organisation has been in the news recently for its reported plans to file a review petition challenging the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict.
#Breaking 1st on TIMES NOW | Muslim body Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind writes to Sonia Gandhi.— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) November 18, 2019
‘Do not support @ShivSena. It’ll be very harmful for the @INCIndia’, says Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind.
TIMES NOW’s Prashant with more details. Listen in. | #MAHAStalemate pic.twitter.com/zmbXWsPF1Q
The Print also reported the same before deleting its article without an explanation.
Republic TV have also deleted their article without giving a reason.