The Hush Post | 16:08 | Two-minute read
A Delhi court ordered the police to file a FIR against news channel Republic TV and its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami. Arnab and the news channel is facing a criminal complaint filed by the Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. In his complaint, Tharoor has accused Arnab and the news channel for stealing confidential documents pertaining to the probe into the death of Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.
This man has routinely tarnished journalists and even called for their trial and arrest. I wont shed a tear for him facing criminal action for his dangerous, communal and vile reportage. https://t.co/9XRKwRXpS1
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 10, 2019
In its four-page order, the court said, “In view of allegations levelled by complainant Tharoor and material produced on record in the form of the RTI replies and other material, matter discloses commission of cognizable offence…In view of this court the matters requires investigation by police as It is not clear how said material came in the possession of the proposed accused persons (the channel, Goswami and a journalist).”
READ: Arnab Goswami's statement on the FIR pic.twitter.com/fhHvYcnwIf
— Republic (@republic) February 11, 2019
The metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh also said, “A number of persons are to be examined… In these circumstances, the Station House Officer (SHO) concerned is directed to register FIR in this matter and investigate the same as per law.”
Appearing for Tharoor, senior advocates Vikas Pahwa and advocate Gaurv Gupta accused Goswami, who is also co-founder of the news channel, of gaining illegal access to confidential documents that were part of police probe records. Tharoor has alleged thst his e-mail account was hacked to access personal e-mails, which were then broadcast on news channels to increase viewership.
Tharoor said the RTI response shows that the accused accessed the documents illegally but the police did not take any action on his complaint, forcing him to move court.
The Magistrate listed the matter for April 4 by when police have to file their compliance report.
The court was also informed about a civil suit by Tharoor before the Delhi High Court seeking damages from Goswami and his channel for allegedly making malicious and defamatory remarks against him.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel in the capital on January 17, 2014.