Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Indian journalists protest against raid on NDTV news channel

Indian journalists protest against raid on NDTV news channel

Speaking at the Press Club of India on Friday, Prannoy Roy vowed to fight the charges openly. He sought a time-bound inquiry instead of resorting to harassment by the enforcing agencies as there is no case but a "flimsy, ridiculous, concocted set of facts".

"Even though lakhs and crores of rupees of dues have not been paid by several industrialists and no criminal case has yet been registered against any of them by the CBI, the CBI has chosen not only to register an FIR, but also conduct a search for a loan which has been duly repaid to ICICI Bank".

The daily says, "News outlets that run afoul of the government can lose access to officials".

By attacking the media, the current government is undermining the freedom of the press, so essential to democratic polity, they noted.

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"Such a move also undermines the basic tenets of free speech enshrined in the Constitution of India", the National Basketball Association said in a statement.

"Instead of buying peace with concession, I would urge non cooperation.Just boycott their (government's) press conferences, deny them that", Shourie said. So stand up, they will never come for you.

Noting that his fight was not against investigative agencies but against politicians, Roy said: "Our fight is not against the CBI or Income tax or Enforcement Directorate, it is against politicians, who are manipulating and want to eviscerate these institutions. They are extending it step by step", Shourie, a former Bharatiya Janata Party leader, said while addressing the protest meet.

After examining the complainant Sanjay Dutt for two days, the CBI is now preparing to summon NDTV promoters for questioning in connection with a case relating to bank loan fraud leading to a loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank.

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"The CBI statement explains that the complaint is lodged by a private person said to be a shareholder of ICICI Bank and NDTV".

Roy also said that the houses they bought were purchased with white money.

The FIR said the defaulted loan by Roy is for a private company RRPR Holdings Private Limited.

" It is clearly the independence and fearlessness of NDTV's team that the ruling party's politicians can not stomach and the CBI raid is merely another attempt at silencing the media", the statement said.

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