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Harsh Goenka shares video of Paytm CEO dancing ‘after SEBI approves IPO’, but it’s 3 years old

The video shared by industrialist Goenka had been uploaded on YouTube by a user in 2018. It shows Vijay Shekhar Sharma dancing with Paytm employees.

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New Delhi: Following the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) approval to Paytm’s Initial Public Offering (IPO), which is set to be India’s biggest yet, RPG Enterprises chairman Harsh Goenka Monday tweeted a video of Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma dancing with company employees to the classic Bollywood hit ‘Apni Toh Jaise Taise‘.

“Scenes at Paytm office after SEBI approves one of India’s largest IPOs,” Goenka wrote with the video.

The video was re-shared by many users on social media, including commentator and market expert Sushil Kedia, congratulating Paytm and Sharma on the news.

“Wish to have similar dance as a shareholder with you upon listing at [Bombay Stock Exchange] that your colleagues are relishing with you in now…,” Kedia tweeted.

Several news outlets, including JansattaNews18 Hindi, and Times Now also reported about the video going viral.

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Fact check

Contrary to what has been stated by Goenka, Kedia and others, the video was not shot after SEBI’s approval for the IPO, though it is indeed of Sharma and his employees dancing.

The video is more than three years old, and was previously uploaded on YouTube on 8 September 2018 by user Rohitashav Goyal.

Several social media users corrected Goenka about the date of the video he shared.

While it is possible to think that Goenka might have shared it as a joke or meme, one user alleged that he “shares Whatsapp forwards on Twitter 24×7”.

(In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer)

Disclaimer: Vijay Shekhar Sharma is an investor in ThePrint. You can read our full list of investors here.

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