The owners news channel Times Now, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd(BCCL), filed a criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami the former editor in chief of Times Nowandthe founder of newly launched news channel Republic TV for allegedly stealing material they had procured while working there. Times now have also lodged a complaint against another former employee, Prema Sridevifor infringing its copyright.

In a statement, BCCL said it has accused Goswami and Sridevi of theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of Intellectual Property Right.Times Now also claims that Goswami had aired the material on his new channel Republic TV.

The complaint was filedon 17th May, 2017 Tuesday with the Azad Maidan Police Station in Mumbai under Sections 378, 379, 403, 405, 406, 409, 411, 414 and 418 of the IPC, and Sections 66-B, 72 and 72-A of the IT Act, 2000.

Arnab was earlier the editor-in-chief of Times Now, owned by Times Network. He resigned from his post in November 2016 and launched his own news channel Republic TV on 6thMay this year.

On the first day of its launch, Republic TV carried an expose on politician, Lalu Prasad Yadav, in which audio tapes containing alleged phone conversations between the ex-chief minister of Bihar and Shahabuddin, while he was still in prison, were played out.

Another expose which was broadcasted on Republic TV by Arnab Goswami on 8th May, 2017 was audio tapes of phone conversations between Sridevi(Ex-reporter Times Now) and the Late Sunanda Pushkar (wife of Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor).

BCCL alleged that both these exposes displayed material (in the form of audio tapes of phone conversations) that was procured and accessed while Goswami and Sridevi were in the employment of Times Now. The channel said that an internal inquiry clearly pointed out that these tapes were procured and in the possession of Arnaband Sridevi while they were in the service of BCCL.

They have also raised the point in the complaint that Arnab and Sridevi had on Republic TV admitted and claimed that the audio conversation in the Sunanda Pushkar case aired on May 8 was in their possession for the last two years when they were with Times Now.

Source: Economic Times


Anusha Shetty

 

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