POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 29, 2014 AT 18:50 IST ,  Edited At: May 29, 2014 18:50 IST

Media houses have often fallen prey to oh-so-clever spoof news sites. One burning example is that of the online version of the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper which took the US satirical website, the Onion, a little too seriously. The People's Daily ran a 55-page photo spread of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who had been declared The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.

And now, such lampooning sites seem to have made their presence felt in the Indian jusicial system as well.

On Tuesday May 27, arguing against Prashant Bhushan who is representing AAP president Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation case, former BJP President Nitin Gadkari’s lawyers told the court that Prashant Bhushan was planning to teach law to all the judges of this country by offering free home tuitions.

Senior advocate Pinky Anand claimed that this had been reported by a news site.

The counsel referred to the news to show that statements, such as an AAP leaders saying that the magistrate who sent Kejriwal to jail needed to be taught law all over again, were contemptuous.

It so turned out that the new site under question happened to be a spoof news site, Faking News.

Reporting the incident, Firstpost said that, "There have been earlier occasions when reports by Faking News were reported as true news by some mainstream media outlets, but this is the first time they have made it to a court hearing as a piece of legal evidence, thanks to Gadkari’s team."

The TOI reported: The lawyer representing Gadkari withdrew the submission in court, as an "inadvertent mistake".

POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 29, 2014 AT 18:50 IST ,  Edited At: May 29, 2014 18:50 IST
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Daily Mail
Jun 06, 2014
03:00 PM

I think these politicians are the responsible ones for the condition of India. But now a common man is being educated and smarter. I am assured the Indian politics will be much better in next 10-15 years.

Mohit Negi
Dehradun, India
May 30, 2014
08:00 PM

This is not unusual.If one looks at all the internet sites that support BJP it is easy to find several sites stating lies after lies against Congress and those oppose BJP .This shows the mindset of these people and they are in power and they will play havoc.Longlive India's democracy.

Nasar Ahmed
Karikkudi, India
May 29, 2014
10:07 PM
I blame the education system. It doesn't do nuance, satire. Those are the attributes of a self confident culture. Education is rote, memorisation, repetition.-------- India is a working class country terrorised by its Nehruvian elite. How Mani Shanker Aiyar would sneer. His education: University of Cambridge, The Doon School, University of Delhi, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Trinity Hall, Cambridge blah blah blah. He would not make such a mistake
MK Saini
Delhi, India
May 29, 2014
09:07 PM
and Kejriwal want to jail to make a point against these idiots. Who is the bigger moron?
MK Saini
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