Sanjay Saraf lands in soup for “circulating obscene pictures” in whatsapp group

Srinagar: A senior pro-India leader on Saturday landed in soup for purportedly circulating obscene pictures in a local newspaper’s whatsapp group prompting the editor to file a criminal complaint with the police.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) National Youth President Sanjay Saraf, who unsuccessfully contested two elections from the Habba Kadal assembly constituency in 2008 and 2014, today purportedly circulated a series of obscene pictures in a news group run by a local English daily around 12:51 pm today, reports and officials said.

The circulation of the obscene pictures featuring unknown young girls and a man in the whatsapp group prompted the editor to approach police station Shergari with a formal complaint seeking initiation of criminal proceedings against the pro-India leader.

“The mainstream leader posted obscene images in the newsgroup from his New Delhi Mobile number 9810080610 this afternoon. His indecent act left my embarrassed,” Tanveer Ahmad, the group administrator told Kashmir Reader.

He said he had to face humiliation after receiving calls from the other group members that include civil servants, teachers, hospital employees and some cops.

“And when I called the leader to ask him about the obscene images, he dropped the line. This is height of shamelessness,” he said, adding “I have moved an application before the police. I hope stringent action is taken against him so that he doesn’t repeat such a shameless act again,”

44-year-old Sanjay, who shifted to Shivpora here from south Kashmir’s Anatnag district, hogged headlines last year when a New Delhi based newspaper reported that he was one among the two emissaries sent by Prime Minister, Narinder Modi before the assembly elections to create soft corner for the BJP by making a “commitment” to seek a solution to Kashmir issue.

“I have filed a complaint with the Parliament Street police station today at 9:30 am seeking identification of the people who circulated images from my mobile number,” Saraf, who is currently in the Indian capital, told Kashmir Reader over phone.

He said that images have been circulated to at least 20 groups causing immense embarrassment to him.

“If someone has to do such activities, how can he or she use personal mobile for that purpose. I will get to the truth and see the perpetrators are taken to task,” he said.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Amit Kumar told Kashmir Reader that a caller informed him about the circulation of the obscene images in his whatsapp group.

“I asked the caller to file a written complaint. However, I haven’t received the application so far,” he said.

However, sources in the Shergari Police station confirmed that the application seeking legal action against Saraf was received around 3:00 pm today.