Raids were conducted at four locations in New Delhi and Dehradun. NDTV in a statement issued said it will fight against the ‘witch-hunt’.
NEW DELHI (Agencies) — The CBI on Monday raided NDTV founder Prannoy Roy’s residence here and registered a case against him and his wife for causing alleged loss to a bank.
The Central Bureau of Investigation registered the case against Roy, his wife Radhika Roy, a private company and others and conducted searches at Roy’s Greater Kailash-I residence in south Delhi.
“Searches are being conducted today (Monday) at four places including Delhi and Dehradun,” CBI spokesperson R.K. Gaur told IANS.
The case is linked to an alleged bank loan default.
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.
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.”
We have also reached out to Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy and their comment is awaited.
When asked about the CBI raids, Information and Broadcast Minister Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that there is “no witch-hunting” and the law would take its own course. “This government doesn’t believe in interfering. They (CBI) must have some information, that’s why they might have taken steps. Law is taking its own course, there is no witch-hunting at all,” Nadiu said.
On Twitter, NDTV Managing Editor Sreenivsan Jain said: “Message is clear: any independent voices in media will be bullied and shut down. Black day.” NDTV’s Editorial Director Sonia Singh tweeted: “Stand fully with Prannoy & Radhika Roy,the most honest,decent & courageous people I know. We will not be cowed down by false charges.” Executive Editor Nidhi Razdan said: “A message to those in the media who are still independent and do their job by fearlessly asking questions. We won’t be intimidated.”