Singer Arpita Mukherjee wrongly projected as accused in corruption case

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Last week, the Directorate of Law Enforcement arrested West Bengal Minister of Industries and Commerce, Partha Chatterjee, in connection with irregularities in recruitment at the School Services Commission.

Via the Newsmeter network Published on July 27, 2022 05:47 GMT


Mistaken identity: Singer Arpita Mukherjee wrongly projected as defendant in corruption case

Last week, the Directorate of Law Enforcement arrested West Bengal Minister of Industries and Commerce, Partha Chatterjee, in connection with irregularities in recruitment at the School Services Commission. The ED has recovered around Rs 20 crore from Arpita Mukherjee, a close associate of the chief minister. (Read more here and here)

Following this, several outlets such as ABP News and News 18 Bangla started circulating photos of a woman they identified as Arpita Mukherjee. ‘ED arrested Arpita Mukherjee,’ reads the caption (Click here and here for archive)

NewsMeter did a reverse image search of the woman’s photo in the banner and found an IMDb page identifying her as singer Arpita Mukherjee. https://archive.ph/JfAlV

An excerpt from the biography reads: “Arpita Mukherjee won the ‘Golden Voice Hunt’ on Zee tv’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa…. She sang a duet song and featured in the music video with singer Shaan, which was composed by the trio of Gurov Dasgupta, Roshin Balu and Shaan for YashRajFilms and Yfilms “love shots”….His voice has also featured in several jingles.His song and music video “palkon ke peeche” from the album “Yaariyan” on Universal Music has garnered a fabulous response from music lovers.”

Taking that as a clue, NewsMeter searched her social media profile and found a Facebook post from her stating that she is not the same Arpita Mukherjee who was detained by the ED.

In a message, she wrote: “I AM “SINGER ARPITA MUKHERJEE”. I am NOT the Arpita Mukherjee who was detained by the ED. I have no connection with this case. The lady detained by ED is an actress from Kolkata Tollywood. I am completely surprised that people confuse her with my profile when there is no similarity between us. But therein lies the problem with social media. People don’t wait to get the facts before they jump in and take the opportunity to slander or troll someone. post is for all those “brilliant” minds!”

In another post, Mukherjee called out several news outlets including ABP News and News 18 Bangla for the misinformation and demanded a public acknowledgment of the error and an apology.

With this, it is clear that photos of singer Arpita Mukherjee are being wrongly shared as Arpita Mukherjee who was detained by ED.

Examination of the complaint:The photos show Arpita Mukherjee who was detained by ED.
Claimed by:Media
Complaint reviewed by:Newsmeter
Source of complaint:Media
Verification of the facts of the claim:Fake

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