CBI raids NDTV’s Prannoy Roy: Venkaiah Naidu denies political interference, says Govt can’t ignore wrongdoing

His remarks came after NDTV, in a statement this morning, called the raids a “witch-hunt”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 6, 2017 5:52 am
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Responding to NDTV’s allegation that the CBI raids were a witch-hunt, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister

M Venkaiah Naidu said Monday that there was no political interference and the law was taking its course.

“If somebody does something wrong, simply because they belong to media, you cannot expect the government to keep quiet,” Naidu told reporters. The officials were doing their duty and there was no political interference in this, he said, adding that media was free and independent in the country. “The CBI might have received some information. That is why they have taken action,” Naidu said.

His remarks came after NDTV, in a statement this morning, called the raids a “witch-hunt” and said: “We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces.”

In Jaipur, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that the government is committed to protecting the freedom of expression and freedom of the press and will also ensure that the law of the land prevails.

The Congress condemned the CBI raid. “We feel it is an assault on media freedom and attack on the fourth pillar of the democracy…This is also an attempt to create an atmosphere of fear and terror among media houses,” senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said at an AICC press conference.

He said the raid also revealed the Government’s pick-and-choose approach. “The BJP and the Central government should say how many private defaulters were raided like this….Vijay Mallya, who defaulted over Rs 9000 crore, is sitting in London and watching the Champions Trophy. There is no action against them. He was allowed to leave the country. And on the other hand, there is an attempt to create an atmosphere of fear among media houses,” he added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the raids an attempt to “silence independent and anti-establishment voices”. So did West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who called it “disturbing.”

Calling the entry of police and other agencies into media offices a “serious matter,” the Editors’ Guild of India expressed its deep concern. “While the Editors’ Guild maintains that no individual or institution is above the law, the Guild condemns any attempt to muzzle the media and calls upon the CBI to follow the due process of law and ensure there is no interference in the free functioning of news operations,” said its statement.

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    Srinivasa R Rajagopal
    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    Why it took three years? Looks like the right establishments had not done their job on time.Why pay them sky high and support them post retirement? Were RBI,Enforcement directorate,Sebi etc sleeping? If a soldier is not alert ,he loses his life.Pay commission is meaningful for them.Why Government extends the same to such useless departments? Where is CVC? Mr Gurumurthy,why dont you educate on how these government offices are working? If they had been doing their job, CBI would not have stepped in.....
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      B K
      Jun 6, 2017 at 5:31 pm
      NDTV is spreading rumor when they are caught red handed in manipulating interest rate with some corrupt bank officials. NDTV is just foo people raising issue of free media, free journalism and insulting and demeaning entire media. Corruptions must be punished, it has no freedom to continue. NDTV type of channels are blocking development for poor India and they must be severely punished. NDTV must not be allowed to form gang of corrupt characters in name of free media.
      1. G
        Jun 6, 2017 at 5:14 pm
        Kujli and Mamta have their own worries to take care of, so will simply stop after making a statement or two, as usual...Govt is on the right track, put the culprits behind the bars...
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          Parth Garg
          Jun 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm
          Law will take its own course only after Roy and NDTV are maligned through a sustained media trial. Let Chandals take vicarious Anand in the meantime.
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            Parth Garg
            Jun 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm
            Indeed! Government can't ignore its criticism. Such voices needs to be muffled.
            1. D
              Jun 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm
              Read today's article by S.Gurumurthy,CA, in the new Indian Express. He has demolished ra -NDTV's claims with proofs. Article name- Against Fraud? Or Against Freedom, Mr Roy?
              1. J
                Jun 6, 2017 at 1:42 pm
                Let the Law work. And Arif, PLEASE GROW UP. Being a Muslim does not mean that u have to be against BJP always. People like you( Hindus included) are the main reason for India's problems. Yes, I do agree that the Government has it's own interest here too. But why we should try to defend somebody? NDTV ows 42 crore to ICICI bank since 2009. U all would have made a huge mess if somebody would not have returned your 42 Rs. even. THINK before writing.
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                  Joji Cherian
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm
                  You mean S.Gurumurthy, that racist,Brahman Supremacist.He barked at Ambanis for long time then was silenced.Such supercilious racist pervert with selective moral indignation.Did you ever hear him saying a word about the Gujarat pogrom under Modi
                  1. G
                    Jun 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm
                    What matters is the issue he has brought up - typical counter-questioning guy, who does not have a defence to put up...by the way joji kutty, mama will spank you in the back, if you dont go to sleep now, so go to bed soon..
                2. S
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm
                  Psuedo intellectuals, if no body is above law then why are you getting hysterical ? The Law will take its own course and if they are innocent then they will be free So what is your problem ? Are you not confident that NDTV is clean ?
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