While the CBI conducted ‘search and seizure’ operation on Monday morning at the residence of Prannoy Roy, founder of NDTV, the media house dismissed the charges as ‘false’
Four teams of Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday morning began a search operation at the residence of Prannoy Roy in Greater Kailash-1 in New Delhi besides three other locations in Dehradun and Delhi.
Agencies confirmed that the CBI had registered a case against Roy, his wife Radhika Roy and others for causing loss of ₹48 crore to ICICI bank.
Roy, founder of NDTV, has contested charges in the past an year after BJP came into power, In 2015 Enforcement Directorate has slapped a ₹2,030 crore notice on NDTV for allegedly violating the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act ( FEMA) while routing funds through the foreign offices of the media house.
In the Official statement issued by NDTV after crackdown says.
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.
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) June 5, 2017
While there was outrage in various sections with commentator Ajai Shukla a Business Standard columnist from Delhi, describing the act as symptomatic of a ‘Goonda Raj’.
Cowed Indian media! Prannoy Roy being raided and intimidated by govt and not one other media house is carrying story. Their turn will come!!
— Ajai Shukla (@ajaishukla) June 5, 2017
While Shukla held that India officially is no longer a democracy, tweets defending the CBI raid alleged that the case dates back to the period before 2010, when M J Akbar had reported the loan worth ₹300 crore apparently lent by the ICICI Bank to the Roys.
Social Media outrage :
Message is clear if you want to survive in journalism or media you should do Modi Bhajan #NDTV
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@ModiLeDubega) June 5, 2017
Contrast raid on NDTV with the inaction in the pending CBI investigations against Adanis for alleged money laundering of thousands of crores
— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) June 5, 2017
First they came for NDTV… if other media doesn’t speak out now, there will be no one left to speak for them when it is their turn. https://t.co/R5jmNSuNTv
— SamSays (@samjawed65) June 5, 2017
It is a shame that other news TV channels are not standby NDTV/Prannoy Roy. Tomorrow they will be targeted.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) June 5, 2017
Pranoy Roy raided. Revenge 4 Sambit’s inglorious exit from @NDTV. There is no law. No Constitution. Modi is law. Modi is Constitution
— RKHURIA (@rkhuria) June 5, 2017