Pune based two-wheeler maker Bajaj has filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Police, Pune, with regard to a misleading KTM meme that was doing the rounds on social networking site Facebook.
The meme, which started doing the rounds over a week ago, claimed "50% people who have bought Duke is no longer with us". Bajaj wrote in its complaint that the Facebook accounts, "https://www.facebook.com/thebackbenchersofficial and https://www.facebook.com/Tysonfanz", are spreading false information about its KTM products. The names of the Facebook users who shared the images have also been mentioned in the complaint.
The company also added in the complaint that "such loss of reputation and goodwill will be irreparable if not stopped immediately", demanding the crime be registered for defamation and intentional mischief under the IT Act and IPC.
Bajaj, which shared the screenshots of the police complaint online, added that "Further to the issue brought to our notice on 17th Aug 2015 we have filed a police complaint against perpetrators of baseless and misleading rumors about KTM. Unless these baseless and misleading posts are removed we would be initiating further legal proceedings at cost and consequences to the offenders. We would like to thank KTM fans and customers who have done their part in dismissing these baseless and misleading rumors."
The Facebook pages, The BACK Benchers and Actor Rahul, have apologised for the post. Actor Rahul posted, "On behalf of Actor Rahul Page we hereby apologize to KTM India for spreading baseless and misleading news about KTM motorcycles without having knowledge of the subject. We have already deleted the offending post and are sorry to have caused damage to the reputation of KTM and hurting the sentiments of millions of KTM fans ..... KTM - Ready to Race India."