Chennai, Oct 18: The Chennai city police have issued a statement warning rumour-mongers to stop spreading false information about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's health condition on social media.
Currently, the Chief Minister is undergoing treatment in Apollo hospital, Chennai.
"Users of social media are advised not to spread false, malicious and motivated information regarding the health condition of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Stern action will be taken against the culprits, if any such content is noticed," said the statement issued by the police.
The statement warns that maximum punishment could be seven years in jail.
As Jayalalithaa's medical ailments remain a "secret", rumour-mongers are having a field day spreading lies on social media. In order to put to rest all the rumours surrounding the Chief Minister's health, the Chennai police is leaving no stone unturned.
According to reports, one more person was arrested for allegedly spreading rumours on Jayalalithaa's health on social media on Saturday.
With the latest arrest, the total number of persons taken into custody in Tamil Nadu in this regard has gone up to eight. So far, a total of 50 cases have been registered in connection with posting false rumours on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp.
Ever since Jayalalithaa (68) was admitted to Apollo Hospital at Greams Road, Chennai, her health has been subjected to countless rumours, speculation and even fake pictures spread through social media. She is undergoing treatment at the hospital since September 22.