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Farooq’s fake Twitter account off the net

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 15:52

New Delhi: The fake account of Union
Minister Farooq Abdullah on Sunday went off from the
micro-blogging site with its discreet author apologising to
the minister in a goodbye message.

This came a day after the Minister for New and Renewable
Energy registered a police complaint against unknown persons
for opening a fake Twitter account in his name and posting
"some objectionable, indecorous and intemperate things" on the
networking site.

Apparently facing the heat of law enforcement agencies,
the author of the account made two entries in his final
messages apologising to the Union Minister and his family for
inconvenience caused by him.

"I had no intention, whatsoever, to tarnish the image of
Mr Abdullah or to cause any harm to his image. This account
was purely meant for fun," the anonymous author said.

Within minutes after posting the final two tweets past 1
PM, the page was off the micro-blogging site. However, police
said that they would be able to trace the account at the
earliest and bring the case to its logical conclusion.

The Minister had yesterday clarified that he had never
opened any such account nor has authorised anyone to do it on
his behalf.

"A complaint in this regard has already been lodged with
Delhi Police with the request to initiate immediate probe in
this regard," the spokesperson said.

Abdullah has expressed his anguish at "such misuse of
social networking sites by unscrupulous elements which are
otherwise a boon for spreading information and freedom of


First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 15:52
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