Hardik Pandya, on Thursday, took to Instagram to clear the controversy surrounding his alleged derogatory comment on Bhim Rao Ambedkar. Pandya had landed in hot waters after an advocate filed a petition against him. As a result, a Rajasthan court directed Jodhpur police to file an FIR against the India all-rounder.
However, a copy of the complaint showed that the comment was never posted on his verified Twitter handle.
While Hardik Pandya’s twitter handle is @hardikpandya7, the court order is based on a complaint that refers to the handle @sirhardik3777. With uncertainty surrounding the controversy, Pandya himself took to Instagram to insist that he did not make the comment.
The following is the 24-year-old all-rounder’s statement on the controversy that has landed in him legal trouble:
There have been multiple misleading reports and articles being circulated in the media today, wherein it is being alleged that I had posted a tweet which was derogatory and insulting to the late Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that no such tweet and/or statement, whether on twitter or any other form of media, has been issued by me. The tweet in question was posted by a fake account using my name and display image. I use only my verified twitter handle to make official communications via Twitter, and the said tweet was posted by a spurious account, pretending to be me.
I have the utmost respect for Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Indian Constitution and the many communities that call India their home and I would not indulge in making any statement which is derogatory and/or which insults the sentiments of any community. I use social media to interact with my fans, and I believe that in this age of social media one must be vigilant of misinformation and act responsibly.
I will also be making the necessary submissions in the Hon’ble Court in order to establish that the said tweet cannot be attributed to me in any manner whatsoever and to further highlight the issue that the said tweet was posted by an imposter posing as me in order to tarnish my reputation, which is a menace faced by many well-known personalities across India today.