• Harshita Malhotra

Man booked for posing as Rahul Gandhi's agent; seeking funds for Gujarat assembly elections

Attempting to commit financial fraud by reportedly acting as Rahul Gandhi's personal assistant and requesting money from two local senior Congress politicians in exchange for a ticket to the 2018 Gujarat Assembly elections, the unidentified person was charged by the Vadodara police on Friday. The two leaders—Corporator Chandrakant Shrivastav and former Member of Parliament Satyajitsinh Gaekwad—went to the cybercrime police station after getting identical calls from a Singapore-registered phone number.

The accused pretended to be Kanishk Singh, a supporter of Rahul Gandhi, and requested "funds" in exchange for tickets from the Raopura and Waghodia Assembly constituencies, respectively, according to the accusations of both leaders. Shrivastav alleged, "I got a call on Facebook from someone asking me to transmit my information to a number he said belonged to Priyanka Gandhi. He cut off the Facebook call when I advised him to give me his original number instead. On the party's recommendation, I then went to the cybercrime police station.