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No political interference in NDTV raids, says Venkaiah Naidu

Published Jun 5, 2017, 3:00 pm IST
Updated Jun 5, 2017, 3:00 pm IST
M. Venkaiah Naidu said CBI might have received some information following which they conducted raids.
Union Information and Broadcasting minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. (Photo: PTI)
 Union Information and Broadcasting minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: There was no political interference in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids on New Delhi Television (NDTV) co-founder Prannoy Roy’s properties, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday, while stressing that the law was taking its course.

“If somebody does something wrong simply because they belong to media, you cannot expect the government to keep quiet,” Naidu told reporters.


"The officials were doing their duty and there is no political interference in this," he said, adding that media was free and independent in the country.

“The CBI might have received some information, that is why they have taken action,” Naidu said.

The CBI on Monday searched the residence of NDTV co-founder Prannoy Roy in New Delhi and three other locations for allegedly causing losses to a private bank, a move termed by NDTV as a ‘witch-hunt’ based on ‘same old’ false accusations.

The agency has registered a case against Roy, his wife Radhika and RRPR Holdings for allegedly causing losses of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank, CBI sources said.


They said the agency was conducting searches at four places in the national capital and in Dehradun.

“This (Monday) morning, the CBI stepped up the concerted harassment of NDTV and its promoters based on the same old endless false accusations,” NDTV said in a statement.

It said, NDTV and its promoters would 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 said.


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