Unrelenting fake news peddler Rajdeep Sardesai at it again, this time on Pranab Mukherjee

Serial fake news peddler Rajdeep Sardesai appears to be at it again. But this time, he seems to have crossed all the limits as the latest victim of his fake news was no less than a former President of the country in Pranab Mukherjee himself. Using Twitter, Sardesai on Thursday morning declared that Former President Pranab Mukherjee has passed away.

Coming from a reputed journalist, people on social media believed the news to be a confirmed one and soon it spread like a wild fire on the internet. The word of mouth reached to such an extent, that Pranab Mukherjee’s son himself had to come out to clarify on the status of his father.

An apperantly annoyed Abhijit Mukherjee hit out at the media and Sardesai in particular saying, “fake news being circulated by reputed Journalists on social media clearly reflects that Media in India has become a factory of Fake News.” He also clarified that his father is still alive and is haemodynamically stable.

“My head hangs in shame when I see corporate media houses , few Journalists & many social media users here in India resort to peddling fake news in a deliberate & desperate attempt to garner publicity,” he further added.

Mukherjee’s daughter and AICC spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee also clarified that the rumours about her father are false.

Finding himself on the receiving end of criticism, Sardesai later issued an apology and said that he fell for fake news circulating on social media. However, the apology may not be enough to ward off all the questions which this serious gaffe has raised on the state of mainstream journalism in India.

The 84-year-old former President was admitted to hospital on Monday (August 10) in a critical condition after he slipped on the floor of his bathroom and sustained heavy head injures. During check up, he was also found to be Covid-19 positive. Workup at the hospital revealed a large clot in Mukherjee’s brain for which he underwent emergency life saving surgery. Post surgery the former President continues to remain critical on ventilatory support.