A picture of wing-commander Abhinandan Varthaman is going viral on social media.
In the picture, the IAF pilot is appealing to people to keep him in mind while casting their vote. The post further says that he would not have been here had it not been for PM Modi.
When we fact-checked the post, we found out that the post is fake.
Wing-commander Abhinandan Varthaman never made any such appeals to the public.
In fact, according to Election Commission guidelines, government employees need to remain impartial and should also be seen independent, neutral and impartial all matters relating to the elections and that they should treat all parties and candidates equally, fairly and justly.
This proves that the above post is fake and should not be shared.
EDITOR’S NOTE: It was pointed out to the NewsMobile team that the above Fact Check was not conclusive. Our Fact Check team had done multiple checks including with our sources in the Indian Air Force but they didn’t want to come on record. The sources pointed us to the relevant service conduct rules which we cited in our Fact Check. Based on confirmation from multiple sources we can concur that the above story is FAKE.
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