New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted searches, today, at the residence of the Roys at Greater Kailash-I in New Delhi and four other locations are under scanner. CBI also registered a case against NDTV founder Prannoy Roy, his wife Radhika Roy, a private company and others for causing an alleged loss to a bank.
The case pertains to Mr. Roy, his wife and others allegedly causing a loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank, CBI sources said.The NDTV has meanwhile called the raids as “witch-hunt” based on “same old endless false accusations.”
The television channel has released the following statement: “This morning, the CBI stepped up the concerted harassment of NDTV and its promoters based on the same old endless false accusations.
“NDTV and its promoters will fight tirelessly against this witch-hunt by multiple agencies. 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 may be noted that NDTV’s senior reporter Nidhi Razdhan has shunted the BJP’s spokes person Mr. SambitPatra from her prime time show Left, Righ and Center following his accusation against the channel NDTV of operating with false motive of defaming the BJP and ruling government.
On the other hand, NDTV is already entangled with many allegations like routing foreign funds through shell companies, charges of Hawala transactions and failure to communicate the market regulators on various internal policy changes and strategic developments that are mandatory as per law.