Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has launched a complaint against Hindi News channels Samachar Plus and News 1 India for allegedly broadcasting “false stories” against its Vice Chairman.
An FIR has been lodged here against two News channels based on GDA’s complaint. It has alleged that the channels had aired an one-sided version of stories against Vice Chairperson, leveling charges of receiving two crore rupees bribe. Executive Engineer R P Singh has made the complaint to the police on behalf of the GDA.
Whereas, Samachar Plus and News 1 India have refuted the allegations, saying they had tried to reach out to the GDA chairperson Ritu Maheshwari but she was not available immediately for comments.
One Trilok Agarwal had made a complaint to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office, alleging that he had paid Rs 50 lakh to the GDA Secretary and the same amount to enforcement department as bribe to stop the sealing action launched by the authority against illegal construction at the site of a builder, Anil Jain. News channels Samachar Plus and News 1 India then broadcast this news story, Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna said.
The FIR naming the chief editors and the local correspondents of the news channels has been lodged at Sihani gate police station.
GDA Vice-Chairperson Ritu Maheswari told PTI that news aired by the channels shows their “blackmailing mentality” and is a “criminal act”.