Media bias is striking
- How newspapers published court order?
- Major Telugu dailies avers to show Naidu in poor light
- They play down item adverse to CM
Hyderabad: The media in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have shown their bias even without a fig leaf. The news item on the decision of the ACB court on Monday to order the ACB to re-investigate the case of note for vote before September 29 was reported appropriately by all the English newspapers except the Hans India owned by Kapil Chit Funds. Only Sakshi and Namaste Telangana among important Telugu dailies published the item prominently. The largest circulated Eenadu and the third largest Andhra Jyothy along with the Hans India preferred to take the item on inside pages. Andhra Jyothy has gone s step further and published the opinion of unnamed legal experts saying the order would not stand legal scrutiny.
The reasons for the bias are not far to seek. All the three papers are very close to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu who is involved in the case. The ACB in Telangana State filed only one charge sheet in which Naidu was named 33 times. Then something mysterious happened and the ACB did not pursue the investigation. It was rumoured that Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu had brokered peace between the two warring CMs.
TS Chief Minister who roared at a public meeting saying that even Brahma cannot save Naidu in this case became silent sand he was seen at his courteous best when he met Naidu on several occasions. Naidu on his part thought discretion is better part of valour and shifted his operations to Vijayawada although he can rightfully continue to function from Hyderabad for eight more years. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act of 2014 clearly stated that Hyderabad would remain common capital for a period of ten years. Naidu feared that his phones would be tapped in Hyderabad.
Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, the gutsy MLA from Mangalagiri in Guntur district, took the tapes to a laboratory in Mumbai and got them tested. The independent laboratory confirmed that the voice on the tape was that of Naidu. With this evidence Reddy approached the CBI court which agreed with the argument of the lawyer on behalf of the petitioner and ordered re-investigation. The case had caught national attention when a nominated MLA in TS Assembly Stephenson was sought to be bought over by Revant Reddy, a TDP MLA, by offering currency notes. This happened during the MLC elections when Naidu was yet to give up in Telangana. The whole act was recorded by the Telangana sleuths obviously at the behest of the government. This had at once put Naidu in a tight spot. It was embarrassing for s politician who claims day in and day out that he is incorruptible and is as pure as fire. He reportedly got Venkaiah Naidu into the act. Revant Reddy was arrested and jailed. He is out on bail. Naidu who claims to be a principled politician had no qualms in appointing the tainted MLA as acting president of Telangana unit of TDP.