Photo: Rajat Barmecha/Twitter
Photo: Rajat Barmecha/Twitter

In this virtual day and age, a small fact check can go a long way. Days after one news channel called up a person to get his opinion of the retirement of Dhoni and Raina under the impression that he was Yuvraj Singh, another channel came out with an expose that bore the wrong picture.

Actor Rajat Barmecha was in for a strange surprise on Sunday after Times Now flashed his face in a "breaking news' update regarding actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. They seemed to be under the impression that he was Sushant's accountant Rajat Mewati.

"Times Now is using my picture in a news about someone else and calling it a 'breaking news' and that too related to an ongoing legal case (sic)," Barmecha wrote on Facebook sharing a screenshot of the same.

TIMES NOW using my picture in a news about someone else and calling it a ‘BREAKING NEWS’ and that too related to an ongoing legal case. Height of irresponsible journalism. PLEASE SHARE! #Shocked #TimesNow

Posted by Rajat Barmecha on Sunday, August 16, 2020

This error seems to have been rectified since then, and a quick search does not throw up the image shared by Barmecha. Times Now's coverage of the aforementioned accountant however continues, with clips from an interview being posted to their social media handle on Tuesday.

Sushant Singh Rajput had passed away on June 14. While initital reports had pointed to it being a suicide, investigation is now underway under multiple organisations. While the Enforcement Directorate is probing a possible money laundering angle, the Mumbai and Bihar Police have been conducting separate investigations. The CBI too has gotten involved.

Barmecha is an Indian film actor who is best known for his lead role in the 2010 Bollywood film Udaan. He has also been a part of projects such as Shaitan (2011), Hey Prabhu (2019) and more.

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