CBI Raids Prannoy Roy’s Residence, NDTV Calls It Witch-hunt
New Delhi: In an unprecedented move the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday carried out searches at the residence of Prannoy Roy, the co-founder and executive co- chairperson of New Delhi Television (NDTV) channel in New Delhi and Dehradun for allegedly causing loss to a private bank.
A case was registered against Roy, his wife Radhika and RRPR Holdings for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank, CBI sources said.
Four places in the national capital and Dehradun are being searched, said the agency sources.
A seven-member CBI team has been searching Roy’s Greater Kailash (GK)I residence since 8 am on Monday.
Meanwhile, NDTV in a statement said, “This morning, the CBI stepped up the concerted harassment of NDTV and its promoters based on the same old endless false accusations.”
“We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India. 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,” it said.
The Centre, however, rebuffed NDTV’s ‘witch-hunt’ charge. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the law is taking its own course, adding that there is no witch-hunting at all.
“This government doesn’t believe in interfering. They (CBI) must have some information, that’s why they might have taken steps,” he added.
Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy, who last year wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing NDTV of money laundering, told news agency ANI on Monday that fear of law is necessary.
“You cannot distinguish between media people, politicians, doctors, etc. If you have broken the law then you have broken the law. We have to develop respect for the law, and for that, we have to make it clear that nobody is above the law. Fear of the law is necessary and it will be applied no matter who you are,” Swamy told ANI.
“When all these high-profile people are raided, the common man feels that if such people can be the subject to prosecution then what will happen to them. People will automatically become honest,” he added.
Swamy had earlier urged the PM to direct the CBI to file a case against NDTV under Prevention of Corruption Act.