Editors Guild expresses concern over CBI raids at Prannoy Roy’s residence

The Editors Guild in its statement said, "Entry of police and other agencies into the media offices is a serious matter."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 5, 2017 9:41 pm
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The Editors Guild of India on Monday expressed deep concern over the raids conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at the residence of NDTV co-founder and executive co-chairperson Prannoy Roy. The Editors Guild in its statement said, “Entry of police and other agencies into the media offices is a serious matter.”

Maintaining that “no individual or institution is above the law, the Editors Guild condemned “any attempt to muzzle the media and called upon the CBI to follow the due process of law and ensure that there is no interference in the free functioning of news operations.”

CBI conducted raids at Roy’s residence for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank on a loan of Rs 350 crore between 2008-10. The agency accused the NDTV’s promoter, Radhika, private company RRPR Holding Pvt Ltd and officials of ICICI Bank of allegedly concealing share transaction from the SEBI, stock exchange and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

NDTV, in a statement, said that the raids were a “blatant attack on the freedom of the press,” and the CBI had filed its FIR based on a “shoddy complaint” by a “disgnruntled” former NDTV consultant who has not obtained a “single order from the courts.”

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    Nagar Iyer
    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:42 am
    What do they mean 'expressing concern' over CBI raids? Does the EGI claim 'media persons' are exempt from 'raids', 'investigations' or 'prosecutions'? or has the EGI has verified the charges made by CBI & found the charges baseless?
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      raghu
      Jun 6, 2017 at 2:25 am
      Ride on Indian Express. Indian Express supporting means, might be Indian express too guilty.
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        raghu
        Jun 6, 2017 at 12:41 am
        What is the wrong in ride? If NDTV is really honesty, why to worry? For the sake public rating , how many people lives NDTV spoiled.
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          KISHOR KUMAR
          Jun 6, 2017 at 12:07 am
          u all have all the monopoly to write any thing about any body.when one of your friend raided u make hue and cry .u all write & discuss without knowing the truth.
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            raghu
            Jun 6, 2017 at 2:24 am
            excellent. If NDTV is honeste, why to worry?
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            Avik Basu
            Jun 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm
            Put these thugs in prison. Manipulators thats what they are
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              sharma
              Jun 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm
              The press is God and they can do no wrong. Pranoy Roy is a typical Lutyens gangster. You guys can snoop around and bismirch re tion but CBI cannot raid your officers.If you have nothing to fear than let them do their job. You are welcome to give maximum coverage to the raid.
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                Bijan Mohanty
                Jun 5, 2017 at 11:07 pm
                do not talk nonsense.
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                  raghu
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 12:42 am
                  stop non sense logic. How come press become GOD. if NDTV is really not done any crime, no need to shout.
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