Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan wanted to share his thoughts on Twitter on corruption, but shared a fake news that baffled Indians.
Khan shared a viral tweet and said that "gold reserves, jewels and an illegal stash of cash" were recovered from the house of "Sasikala," who according to him "was" a famous South Indian actress-turned-politician.
"Shashikala, a famous South Indian actress turned politician in India's Tamil Nadu died recently and below her house were discovered gold reserves, jewels, and an illegal stash of money! A message to all corrupt leaders: the hoarded billions stolen from our impoverished masses will be left behind," Imran tweeted along with the photos.
But looks like the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief forgot to cross-check the fact before tweeting. Khan deleted the tweet soon after a Dubai-based journalist pointed out to him that the news he shared was fake.
So, what is wrong with his tweet?
He referred Shashikala (Sasikala) as the famous South Indian actress-turned-politician instead of Jayalalithaa, a former Tamil Nadu chief minister. However, Sasikala is still alive and she hasn't acted in any movie.
Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, but her close friend Sasikala is alive and in jail serving a four-year jail term for corruption.
Not only name, Khan even got the other details wrong.
The photos showing a stash of cash, gold, jewellery and tunnel were not found under Sasikala's house in Tamil Nadu.
Earlier this month, this news had gone viral on WhatsApp and Twitter in India with "Rs 17,000 crore and a secret tunnel found under Sasikala's house in Tamil Nadu" title.
But the truth is the stash of cash was discovered in New Delhi when IT department raided an NSE broker Sanjay Gupta's home. The tunnel photo was taken in November in Navi Mumbai when police discovered that it was dug from a rented shop for bank robbery.