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For ‘flashing her cell number,’ Didi takes TV channel to cops

Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee’s office has lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police against Bengali TV news channel Star Ananda....

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi |
April 2, 2010 3:12:38 am

Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee’s office has lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police against Bengali TV news channel Star Ananda for “continuously flashing” her personal cellphone number on March 30 which has “totally incapacitated (her) working.”

The complaint was entered as a Daily Diary Report at the Parliament Street police station. No FIR has been registered yet.

“There was no necessity at all to flash the personal cell phone number of Hon’ble Railway Minister on the screen while carrying (a) news item. The same has been done with an intention to disable the functioning,both official and personal,leading to security risk of Hon’ble Railway Minister,” Jayanta Kumar Saha,Executive Director (Public Grievances) to Minister of Railways,has stated in the complaint.

When contacted,Suman Dey,Deputy Executive Producer,Star Ananda,declined to comment.

The complaint,a copy of which is with The Indian Express,claims that “the entire act was mischievously done by the said channel to make her non-functional and endanger her security.”

“You are aware that Maoist activities are affecting and destroying railway property for the last few days and against most such Maoist activities,the Hon’ble Railway Minister has issued strong statement,” the complaint stated,seeking that the matter be taken up “seriously with utmost urgency for investigation and appropriate action against the channel”.

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